Speaker Kate Fuller

Tue 4th August 2015 at 18.30 - 20.30

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

Kate Fuller - from Inner Forth Landscape Initiative outlined the portfolio of 50 hugely ambitious projects which will be delivered by 2018 to re-define Mid-Scotland. Amongst the themes are the heritage of Coal Mining (Bo'ness, Fallin, Valleyfield), trade including Lime (Charlestown), Pantiles (Culross), Whisky (Kennetpans). Wildlife records of birds, insects and other nature in the area have been documented by volunteers and this valuable data will guide conservation. New access paths and signage will encourage visitors to explore the countryside. Local artists will create insight into the beauty and unique features of the Forth estuary area. Important history will be revisited including Clackmannan tower of the county town and Kinneil medieval church.The project features employment for youth, apprenticeships for traditional building skills and conservation studies for postgraduates. There has been a huge contribution from volunteers who have helped to clear vegetation and establish pathways,replant kitchen gardens of Valleyfield, consolidate Kinneil church yard and many other projects. The Inner Forth Festival in September 2015 should inspire more volunteers and participation in the magnificence of a revitalised Forth area. Kate was a very inspiring speaker whose knowledge of the Initiative was so impressive. For more information visit http://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/