Secrets of the Kelvin and Blane valleys!

The unveiling of the Twechar geology interpretation boards.
The unveiling of the Twechar geology interpretation boards.

The first in a series of fascinating insights into the amazing geological world under our feet were unveiled last week.

Informative information boards looking at the ‘geoheritage’ of the Kelvin and Blane valleys have been fitted in the former mining village of Twechar and in the picturesque Crow Road car park, north of Lennoxtown.

The boards, which look back over millions of years, tell the story of how local landscapes were formed and the effect of the huge ice sheet that once covered the whole area.

Questions answered include how coal was made from tropical forests, what happened to the volcanoes that spewed out the lava which formed the Campsie Fells and the links between rocks and living species.

Strathclyde Geoconservation Group successfully applied to East Dunbartonshire Council’s Civic Pride Community Action Fund for cash to research and produce the boards.

The project aims to increase people’s interest in their local landscape by explaining how it was formed.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, the council’s convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “We are lucky enough to live in a very interesting part of the world which is not only beautiful but also very geologically significant.

“It’s great that these boards are now going up and will hopefully educate generations of people about just how special this area is.

“I am very pleased that the local schoolchildren are getting involved and will no doubt be asking some very interesting questions”

A total of 34 sites across East Dunbartonshire have been designation Local Geodiversity Sites as part of an audit carried out by the council and Strathclyde Geoconservation , with more set to be marked by information boards.