Livingston from Calderwood Country Park – Watercolour

Although Calderwood Park has been joined to Almondell Park for many years it is being expanded westwards as reclaimed ground is being planted with trees. This area actually lies on a disused shale “bing”. Most of West Lothian used to be mined for oil bearing shale rocks and the spoil, known as “blae” was dumped in huge piles which have become local landmarks. Its good to see a use for these although experts reckon there is still a fair amount of oil left in the spoil. Who would bet against a renewed effort to recover this in the future as energy supplies become scarcer.