Easter Carmuirs Park is to reopen to the public after works to transform the community greenspace have now been completed as part of the ‘Our Place Camelon’ initiative.
The ambitious programme of park improvements in the Carmuirs area of Camelon will help make the park a more attractive place to visit and bring benefits to the local environment.
The improvements have also been designed to open up access to and from the surrounding communities, shops and services, and provide a more direct, off road link to the neighbouring Carmuirs Primary School. The project has been managed by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), with funding support from Sustrans Scotland Community Links, Falkirk Environment Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund and Falkirk Council.
Visitors to the park will now be able to enjoy new pathways, benches and spaces designed for all abilities and ages to use. New tree and meadow planting will also improve the space for biodiversity, as well as creating stunning scenery for the area.
CSGNT’s mission is to drive forward the delivery of Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Michael Ewart, Development Officer at CSGNT explained the importance of projects such as the Easter Carmuirs Park improvements.
He said: “This is an innovative access and greenspace improvement project and part of the wider Central Scotland Green Network programme, which supports environmental enhancements on the ground across the central belt of Scotland to create a high quality green network for people to live in and enjoy.
“By creating and improving these spaces for more local people to enjoy, it is connecting communities and helping to improve their health and wellbeing.”
A free event to celebrate completion of the park enhancements will take place in the afternoon of Sunday 1 September and is open to the public. The event is being held in conjunction with Camelon Arts ‘Welcome Party’ being held at the Ochiltree Social Club (on Ochiltree Terrace) to promote their autumn programme of workshops and events with a free BBQ, live music and bonfire.
Forth Environment Link will have a ‘Pop Up Active Travel Hub’ at the event with electric bike demos, led bike rides, a ‘smoothie making’ bike and bike ramps to test your handling skills. They will also be running a Dr Bike clinic, so bring along your bike for a free health check and tune-up.
Buglife Scotland will be helping people at the event create a wildflower meadow in the park as part of the John Muir Pollinator Way project.
The Conservation Volunteers will also be supporting the event through their Camelon Community Action in Nature project which aims to provide opportunities for local people to get involved in caring for the area through a programme of holiday clubs and nature based activities open to everyone.