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.
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.