Dunipace’s Herbertshire Castle Park awarded £12,600

We have now awarded funding to eight projects since we launched at the end of 2015. This is the second feasibility study granted money from Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER Programme from our main fund. This project will allow for the creation of a Master Plan & Feasibility Study for the Herbertshire Castle Park, known locally as the Gala Park in Dunipace, Denny. The park is owned and managed by Falkirk Council with active support from Community Green Initiative (CGI).

The park, one of Falkirk Council’s larger Core Parks, is an important open space asset and “green lung” which serves the local communities of Dunipace & Denny including Stoneywood, Fankerton and Head of Muir.

CGI is a voluntary group with a proven record of working in partnership with the local authority and numerous community groups on projects and activities within the park.  They have successfully run various community events and projects such as community consultations, path and park ‘parties’, river and park clean-ups,  woodland and riverside vegetation management, tree planting, wildflower grassland creation and management and improved access and creation of interpretation panels.

The creation of a comprehensive Master Plan for the park is essential, to guide the future management, maintenance and development of the park over the next 10-20 years, and to explore what is possible, feasible and sustainable. The Master Plan would highlight the importance of the park and its immediate environs in relation to the themes of Heritage, Leisure, Tourism and Biodiversity.

The project will involve CGI contracting consultancy services to produce a Master Plan & Feasibility Study for the future management, maintenance and development of Herbertshire Castle Park.

The creation of the Master Plan will involve a consultation exercise with key park stakeholders, Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust, and the wider public.

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