IMPORTANT PART OF SCOTLAND'S HISTORY COULD BE BLASTED AWAY!
An area of huge Scottish
historical importance could be destroyed.
Save Gillies Hill Campaign
(Also Known as The
Second Battle of Bannockburn)
Save Gillies Hill
'The vision of Save
Gillies Hill is threefold:
The preservation of the
natural landscape of the Hill in its present condition and dimensions;
The restoration of that
part of its landscape scarred by quarrying to something approaching a
natural condition; and.
The maintenance, in
perpetuity, of Gillies Hill in its entirety as a much-loved amenity,
guaranteeing public access while simultaneously respecting its unique
historic, wild life, archaeological and sporting dimensions.'
Gillies Hill, a piece of
land on the outskirts of Stirling which played a pivotal role in the
Battle of Bannockburn, is to be eradicated for a new large scale quarry.
The hill played a pivotal role in Scotland’s history when Robert the
Bruce’s troops rested there on the eve of the Battle of Bannockburn, in
Now, almost 700 years
since English invaders were driven out of Stirling, we face new invaders
in the form of Tarmac and Hanson. The companies have give notice that
they intend to quadruple the size of the existing Murrayshall Quarry - a
move which would effectively destroy Gillies Hill.
The work will also see a
massive increase of heavy traffic through Cambusbarron, the village
which lies at the foot of the hill, as well as many communities
throughout Stirling. Over 40 lorries a day are expected to thunder
through the local communities, past several schools.
The route the lorries
will take is a road popular with children walking to school.
The new quarry would also
see the destruction of wildlife on Gillies Hill, an area popular with
walkers. As a result of this threat to our history, wildlife and
children, a new pressure group, the Campaign to Save Gillie Hill has
been formed. The group are now calling on the Scottish Executive to
intervene in this matter of national historical importance. People are
been strongly urged to visit the Executive’s website and sign the
e-petition to hold a public inquiry into the awarding of quarrying
licenses to Tarmac and Hanson.
We are also campaigning
for the Gillies Hill to be awarded National Monument status.
A Campaign spokesperson,
said: “It’s an outrage they’re even considering destroying Gillies Hill.
“Stirling Council should
be ashamed of themselves for granting permission to these
companies.....They wouldn’t dream of blasting near Stirling Castle or
the Wallace Monument, so why would they allow the destruction of Gillies
He added: "This physical
icon of Scotland’s greatest battle should not be smashed away. It is a
beautiful area for people from Cambusbarron and further afield and the
impact of the quarrying on wildlife will be immense.
”The increase on heavy
good traffic through the area will also put our children’s lives at
“Something must be done
to prevent this travesty.”
The extended quarry will
also destroy an Iron Age Fort on the hill.
Local historian, Dr Fiona
Watson, a lecturer at Stirling University, has backed the campaign. She
"There is no doubt in my
mind that it would be a great shame if something like this hill, which
still represents such an important moment in our history, was lost.”
IMPORTANT FLORA ON GILLIES
HILL Go to ....
The Gillies Hill
A Poem by
Ian Dowell (2008)
The sunset silhouettes Ben
With its warm, red afterglow,
The rabbits grazing gently,
In the Three Fields down below.
The scent of many
A cascade of colours bright
Drifts across the Seven Winds
On this warm still Summer night.
I look towards Touchmollar
Across Gartur Estate.
To the lofty peaks of the Grampians,
That seem to guard the Highland gate.
The tall proud
With the 'Name Tree' by their side,
Gaze towards Stirling Castle
A toast to all of Scotland's pride.
All this I see around me
Carved with God's own hand,
As I stand high on the Gillies Hill
Our precious piece of land.
To take away the freedom
Of the woods where I now stand.
To extend the excavation,
To quarry all this land.
It brings a tear into my
It breaks my heart to see
That all this nature's beauty
Will be taken away from me.
So let us stand together
To stop this wilful waste,
And save for future generations
This tranquil, peaceful place.
Don't let a faded
Be all we can embrace,
When future generations ask
Where was this beautiful place?
Ghostly whispers carried
on the breeze
Of generations long gone by,
Will ask, where is the Seven Winds?
Will ask and wonder, why?