Greenbelt under threat again. Gladman Developments have submitted a planning application to East Renfrewshire Council to build houses on the field at the foot of the Fereneze Braes.
See Development Threats for details.
The Fereneze Braes lie to the west of Barrhead.
Leaving the back gardens of houses behind, the ground slopes up through a horse pasture bounded by hawthorn trees and gorse. At the top of the field the ground rises steeply through rough grass and heather to a height of 180m above Barrhead where the magnificent panorama of Glasgow, Paisley, the Clyde Valley and the Campsie Hills unfolds.
The braes feature:
- a natural grass field where horses are stabled and exercised, children play and dogs walked.
- a disused quarry, a designated geological SSSI
- Fereneze Golf course
- Harelaw Reservoir with private fishing
- the Fereneze Braes Path Network, linking Barrhead, Paisley and Neilston.
Brownside Braes, part of the Gleniffer Braes Country Park, lies to the northwest of The Fereneze Braes and the two are separated by a burn tumbling down from the Harelaw Reservoir through mixed woodland.