Wanderings and Windings Route Updates

As you may know, Ian White Associates Landscape Architects, have been busy compiling and testing routes and listening to your feedback on the Wanderings and Windings draft routes for the heritage walking and cycling trails over the last month

 

We were lucky enough to have a sneak peek of the draft trail guides yesterday afternoon, as well as updated draft routes. You can read more about the Wanderings and Windings project here and view the draft routes here.

 

Once the trails have been developed we will be featuring them here on our website, with information and maps telling you about each one. During October 2019 there will be a mini festival of events for help launch the Wanderings and Windings and encourage as many people as possible to enjoy a micro-adventure here in the Inner Forth. We hope you can join us!


 

 

IFLI shortlisted for top national award

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) has been shortlisted for a national planning award.
It has been chosen from more than 50 entries in the
Scottish Awards for Quality Planning 2019, which are considered some of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious awards.

 

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative was a £4m partnership programme that ran between 2014 and 2018. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it delivered over 50 projects to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, built and cultural heritage of the unique landscape at the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. As a legacy of the partnership, Inner Forth Futures (IFF) is now continuing to work towards its aims.

 

There are a number of awards up for grabs, including ones for partnership working, plans, process, people and place. IFLI was nominated in the partnership category. Four criteria were used to select the shortlist by an independent judging panel. They looked at innovation in the project; the impact that the project has had; the transferability of the project and lessons learned from it. A final decision will be made by Scottish Ministers.

 

In addition to the five awards decided by Ministers, there is an opportunity for you to vote for the People’s Choice category later this year, which includes all of the final 35 shortlisted projects, with a closing date of 30 September 2019.

 

Second round of IFF Wanderings and Windings co-creation sessions announced

The second round of Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings co-creation sessions will be coming up at the end of June!The first round of co-design workshops were held at eight locations around the Inner Forth, in the last two weeks in May, led by our consultants, Ian White Associates Landscape Architects. A big thank you to those of you who contributed to the first round of our Wanderings and Windings co-design sessions, either by coming to the sessions themselves, or through our Facebook group. We collected a huge amount of really useful information, and we are incredibly grateful to you all for giving up your time to contribute.

We would now like to bring these routes back to the local communities and interest groups to comment on and ‘sense-check’ once they have been drafted. This second round of sessions will be held at four locations around the Inner Forth, and we would be delighted if you or your friends or family would like to come along to one or more of the sessions. The dates and venues for the sessions are:

Monday 24 June, 1.30-3.30pm, Albert Halls, Lesser Hall, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling FK8 2QL.

Monday 24 June, 6.30-8.30pm, Limekilns Church (Gellet Community Hall) Church Street, Limekilns, KY11 3HT

Tuesday 25 June, 2.30-4.30pm, Bo’ness Library, Scotland's Close, Scotlands Cl, Bo'ness EH51 0AH

Tuesday 25 June, 7.15-9.15pm, Clackmannan Town Hall, Main Street, Clackmannan, FK10 4JA

These are all drop-in sessions, where you will have the opportunity to see the draft routes and route descriptions that have been developed based on the information gathered at the first sessions, and add your comments. You don't have to have come to the first sessions in order to contribute. If you'd like any further info do feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give us a call on 01324 831568.

If you aren’t able to come along but would still like to comment, we will be posting the routes on our Wanderings and Windings Facebook Group, and on the Wanderings and Windings page of this website, nearer the time, so that there is still a way in which you can get involved and share your ideas and comments. If you have a Facebook account, and want to join you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WanderingsandWindings/.

The sessions are part of the Wanderings and Windings project for which Inner Forth Futures received a National Lottery grant of £47,000 early this year. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable the creation of eight heritage trails around Stirling, Falkirk, Fife and Clackmannanshire, encouraging people to explore the wildlife and history of this unique landscape at the heart of Scotland.

The project, with a total value of £67,000, aims to work closely with local communities around the Inner Forth to develop a suite of eight, day-long, waymarked and promoted walks and cycles. They will use existing paths and tracks to encourage local people and visitors to the area to explore the landscape and discover some of the many hidden gems to be found around the Inner Forth. These might include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks or simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

 

IFF website gets a refresh

 

The team at Mucky Puddle, who design our website for us, have done a great job of redesigning our home page to  make it easier for visitors to find out about our new plans and projects, such as Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings, while still keeping all the information about the great work that was achieved through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

All the other great features are still here -  a link to our events calendar, with listings of events taking place all round the Inner Forth, and to our Explorer Map, which shows what a multitude of natural, cultural and historic heritage sites we have in the area. There are walking and cycling routes to help you explore them, and a wildlife guide with lots of information and stories about some of the wildlife that finds a haven here. Over the next few weeks we'll be adding more - information about how we plan to work with local communities to look after IFLI's legacy, and more about the EcoCoLife-funded Habitat Network project we have been involved with. Do explore the site and let us know what you think!

We're tendering for a creative commission to help us celebrate Wanderings and Windings

Inner Forth Futures are inviting Expressions of Interest from artists and art collectives/companies, to deliver a creative commission to link with our new Wanderings and Windings project.

We are looking for an artist or arts collective with a connection to the Inner Forth/Firth of Forth to deliver a collaborative arts project aimed at High School pupils within the Inner Forth landscape area. We want he project to engage pupils in heritage (natural, built and/or cultural) and allow them to share their interpretation through creative methods. It will focus on links between two or more heritage features, sites and/or stories from the Inner Forth highlighted through the National Lottery Heritage Fund funded Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings heritage trails being developed between February to July this year. Depending on the selected artist/collective, the output might be drama, photography, light, film, word or other media focused and is likely to result in a temporary installation and/or performance that participants and wider communities, visitors and residents can enjoy (open to public view) from October 2019.

If you're interested you can download the brief at https://bit.ly/2DXX7tz'.

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