Monica Highlights the Damage Climate Change Has Had on Local Historic Sites

Safety risks have meant that local historic site Bothwell Castle remains closed to members of the public. Historic Environment Scotland cited that “potential risks concerning high level masonry and building fabric” could pose a potential risk to the public.

In a letter sent to Monica Lennnon it was noted that the impacts of climate change have “exacerbated” the deterioration of this much-loved site.

Monica commented:

“It is concerning to hear about the real impacts of climate change and the harm being caused to much loved historic sites in our own community, such as Bothwell Castle.

“I am grateful to Historic Environment Scotland for the work it is doing to mitigate these impacts and maintain an important part of local history.

“All of us must reflect on the damage being caused to the planet, and the consequences for both the built and natural environment. On the necessary journey to Net Zero, we must do everything to ensure we protect historic sites and green spaces for years to come.

Historic Environment Scotland have made the decision to close Bothwell Castle as a precautionary measure. High level tactile inspections started in the castle in May 2022 to determine the condition of the site and planned work to ensure the safety of the building is currently running to schedule.

Historic Environment Scotland are hopeful that areas of Bothwell Castle will be reopened in August of this year, but dates are still to be confirmed.

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.