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
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.
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!