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A West Lothian park is set to receive path upgrades and a new landscaped area thanks to a £50,000 grant.

The money will be used to improve access routes, provide new seating and create a new central landscaped area in Balbardie Park of Peace, off Torphichen Road in Bathgate.

The £50,000 grant has been awarded by WREN, a not-for-profit business that gives grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects. It is funded by donations from FCC Environment through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

West Lothian Council are also contributing £38,000 from their Capital Fund programme for this first phase of improvements in the park, which has been developed in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust, who will also manage the works on site.

WREN Grant Manager, Sophie Cade says: “We are always pleased to fund important community infrastructure; these enhancements should be perfectly timed to help locals enjoy a lovely spring time in the park. “

West Lothian’s Executive Councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: “This project will provide a real boost to the community of Bathgate and those visiting the popular Park. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money alongside West Lothian Council investment, and we’re really looking forward to our greenspace improvements taking shape over the next three months”.

Path upgrades, new drainage, wildflower seeding, hedge planting and new benches will all be provided in the first phase of enhancements at Balbardie Park. It is aimed to have the path and park improvements ready for use by the beginning of April.

Carol Campbell, Development Officer at Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said: “We are pleased to support the greenspace improvements taking place at Balbardie Park. The project will improve the local area, further enhancing a space that is already enjoyed by many locals and visitors to the community and we are looking forward to starting on site.”