As the crow flies, Lenzie is situated approximately 8.97 km or 5.57 miles north east from Glasgow’s George Square. Mentioned in various medieval documents the village of Lenzie has expanded gradually over the years and latterly became more prominent with the opening of the Glasgow to Edinburgh railway line in 1842. With around 8500 residents, Lenzie is an attractive place to live having close proximity to major road and rail networks, with the additional benefit of being situated in a semi-rural location, it is surrounded on all sides except north by rolling farmland and countryside.
The village is well served with a variety of local amenities, having three churches, three primary schools, a secondary school, a Bowling Club, Tennis Club, Rugby Club, and Golf Course.
The Strathkelvin Railway Path runs through Lenzie, and is a popular amenity for walkers, cyclists and dog walkers. The path running north/south links to the canal at Kirkintilloch and beyond, giving users a wide choice of destinations which include the Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow Botanic Gardens or even the town of Bowling on the river Clyde estuary.
Just adjacent to the village centre is Lenzie Moss. “The Moss” as it is known locally is a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) designated Local Nature Reserve of approximately 40 ha (98.8 acres). A lowland Raised Bog, the area was once used for peat extraction, but this activity ceased in 1968. Since then, the Moss has gradually returned to nature, and the site is now rich in a wide variety of wildlife and plant species, so much so that Rangers from Mugdock Country Park visit the reserve to lead walks and teach outdoor awareness to local primary school children.
A local volunteer group “Friends of Lenzie Moss” are also active, meeting on a regular basis to carry out improvement works such as scrub clearing, dam building, footpath maintenance and installation of benches and seating.
On occasions, interesting works of outdoor art are donated by local artists and these are displayed in prominent locations throughout the nature reserve.
An area of wetland in the south of Lenzie, just adjacent to Claddens has also been designated by SNH as a “Local Nature Conservation Site for Biodiversity”.
Much less frequently visited, the wetland provides a haven for swans, ducks, geese and herons, as well as water voles, frogs, toads, dragonflies and various other insects and Invertebrates.