Greenbelt has been saved yet again.

Gladman Developments have not appealed East Renfrewhire Council’s rejection of their planning application for a housing development.  Thanks to all the community who supported the campaign against this development.  Now all we need is a photograph of us jumping for joy!

Photograph of a large group of people standing round a banner saying "Save Our Greenbelt" with field in background.

About the Fereneze Braes

The Fereneze Braes  is a habitat rich in wildlife and an important feature of the rural backdrop 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. This website is a study of that field which has lain undisturbed for centuries and over that time has developed into a beautiful wildflower meadow and wetland providing  a rich habitat for wildlife. As well as providing a home for the horses stabled there, the field is used as a play area by children, for dog walking and provides access to the countryside beyond.

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.

Features near the field include:

  • a disused quarry, a designated geological SSSI and also important birdlife habitat
  • Fereneze Golf course
  • Harelaw Reservoir with private fishing
  • 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.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Eric Foulds

    When I stayed in that area I and other local people used the area regularly for nice country walks. To lose it would deny local people access to local walks.

    1. kmmenzies Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Lots of people still do walk in the Braes, many of them accessing them through the horse field. Hope we’ll never see the day when there is no access to local walks…but keep protesting against Greenbelt developments to ensure we never do!


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