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Work has just started on two innovative access improvement projects in Clackmannanshire, which will help people get closer to the diverse wildlife and natural environment the area has to offer. 

Locals and visitors to Cambus and the Black Devon Wetlands are set to benefit from enhanced experiences as an investment of £116,000 will improve path network links and strengthen their connection with nature.

These partnership projects between Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), and Clackmannanshire Council are part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) and are due for completion in the spring.

The Cambus Whisky & Wetland Wanders project will upgrade the existing path network around Cambus which links the eclectic mix of wild and industrial landscape and connects local people to the Forth at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Cambus Pools Nature Reserve. 

The scheme will improve the system of paths with over a kilometre of new paths, as well as new linking sections created where required.  New seating and signage will also be installed to boost the visitor experience.   

The second project – Walk to the Wetlands - will take advantage of the fantastic wildlife resource on the doorstep of local people in the area around Black Devon Wetlands between Alloa and Clackmannan. 

The work aims to provide a comprehensive path network to access the Inner Forth landscape and will also link with the new RSPB Black Devon Wetlands Nature Reserve.  It will improve the existing grid and create new stretches of link paths, building over a kilometre of new paths and upgrading a further 500 metres of pathways.  Users will also benefit from new signage and waymarking.

CSGNT’s mission is to drive forward the delivery of Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Simon Rennie, Chief Executive of CSGNT explained the importance of projects such as the Cambus Whisky & Wetland Wanders and Walk to the Wetlands in Clackmannanshire:

“These are forward thinking access improvement projects 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.”

Kate Studd, IFLI’s Programme Manager, added: “The best way to appreciate what a fantastic landscape we have in this area is to get out into it – see the wildlife, hear the geese flying over, smell the spring flowers.  

“People want to be able to get out more and IFLI is supporting the delivery of projects like these across the Inner Forth area, by creating routes that are more accessible to everyone.  We hope people will enjoy and value the landscape on their doorsteps all the more because of them.”

The Cambus Whisky & Wetland Wanders and Walk to the Wetlands have been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust and Sustrans as part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI).

For further information about IFLI visit www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk.