MacDonald Launches £4 million Inner Forth Landscape initiative
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:08
21 August 2014 saw the official launch of the £4 million Inner Forth Landscape initiative. The launch was marked by a reception in The Scottish Parliament hosted by Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald.
In March 2014, RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Partnership, was awarded a grant of £1.9 million through the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme programme. This will enable delivery of the £4m programme of work developed by the Initiative.
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is an exciting programme of work that will conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape, natural and cultural heritage of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth.
The IFLI partnership is made up of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Sustrans, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It covers an area stretching from Bo’ness and Rosyth to the east to Stirling to the west, and consists of 50 individual but inter-related projects that will run between now and 2018
Commenting on the official launch of the initiative, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“I am delighted to host the launch of the Inner Forth Landscape - it’s an unique project that sees many agencies working together to develop and utilise the landscape across the Forth Valley area.”
“I’m pleased that many of the projects in my constituency are already underway, with many more still at the planning stage. In my constituency alone, there are projects ranging from drystone walling outside Bo’ness to church restoration at Kinneil Estate, aquatic projects at Bothkennar and Skinflats and an orchard at the Pineapple at Dunmore.
“I look forward to progress on all 50 projects over the coming months and years, and also look forward to seeing the fruits of everyone’s hard work in four years’ time when all the projects are due to be completed.”