MacDonald Tables Parliamentary Motion Welcoming £150,000 Heritage Lottery Funding for Bo’ness
Friday, 28 March 2014 17:46
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has this week lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming a £150,000 funding award by the Heritage Lottery Fund for environmental projects along the Inner Forth area.
The projects in the Falkirk Council area will help to enhance the local landscape and environment and allow for a better experience for visitors to the area and are run under a partnership titled the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI).
Five of the projects are based in the Bo’ness area and will see work at:
- Kinneil Estate and foreshore path and will create a circular walk between the two locations and link the John Muir Way and Antonine Wall, both significant tourist attractions.
- Kinneil lagoons where a 32 hectare wetland site will be reclaimed to create a habitat for wintering birds to take refuge in and create an excellent location for bird-watching.
- Kinneil estate will see a 100m dry stone wall constructed to replace an unsightly fence and this will be delivered through a youth training project apprenticeship.
- Kinneil Foreshore woodland and meadow will see a four year programme to improve this area for wildlife and the largest wildflower meadow in the Falkirk Council area created.
- Volunteers at Kinneil church will work to ‘record’ important historical information to preserve for the future.
The motion tabled in Parliament reads as follows:
Motion Number: S4M-09507
Lodged By: Angus MacDonald
Date Lodged: 26/03/2014
Title: Bo’ness Benefits From a £150,000 Environmental and Heritage Award
That the Parliament welcomes the £150,000 that has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund toward environmental projects along the Inner Forth area of the Falkirk East constituency; understands that these will be run under the name, the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI), which will be a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Central Scotland Forest Trust, Sustrans, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; believes that the IFLI will help enhance the landscape and environment and provide a better experience for visitors; acknowledges that five of the projects are based in the Bo’ness area and that these are, a project in which volunteers at Kinneil Church will record important historical information, the building of a circular walk between the Kinneil estate and foreshore path, which will link the tourist attractions, the John Muir Way and the Antonine Wall, developing a 32-hectare wetland site at the Kinneil lagoons to establish a habitat for wintering birds to take refuge, which it believes will be an excellent location for bird-watching, a 100-metre dry-stone wall at the Kinneil estate that will be built by a youth training project to replace an unsightly fence and establishing a four-year programme to improve the Kinneil foreshore woodland and meadow, which aims to develop the largest wildflower meadow in the Falkirk Council area; understands that other projects set to benefit from the award include a woodland project at Bothkennar, in Skinflats near Grangemouth, and work on the Antonine Wall at Polmont woods; notes that the IFLI is expected to start later in 2014, and wishes everyone involved with it every success.