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'.

IFF seek contractor for development of eight ‘Wanderings and Windings’ (trails) of the Inner Forth

RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Futures partnership, wishes to commission the development of eight ‘Wanderings and Windings’ (trails) of the Inner Forth. These will be micro-adventures designed to take up to a day to complete.

The successful contractor will support the Inner Forth Futures team to develop and deliver the ‘Wanderings and Windings’. Initially this will be through co-design volunteering sessions that will ensure that routes are developed with and for local communities. Each trail will guide people around the landscape using and linking pre-existing routes, networks and transport options with stops at interpreted heritage features. Each trail will ‘join the dots’ between heritage features and be waymarked on the ground by simple bespoke roundels. Bespoke printed and digital trail guides will enable users to explore the routes and learn about, experience and interpret the heritage of the Inner Forth.

This contract and the Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings project are funded by the National Lottery through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Closing date 10am Monday 11 March 2019. Queries to Kate Fuller, Inner Forth Futures Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01324 831 568.

Interested parties can download the brief to tender or view details on the Public Contract Scotland website.


IFF wins Heritage Lottery Fund award for eight new heritage trails


Inner Forth Futures has received a National Lottery grant of £47,000 for an exciting heritage project, called Wanderings and Windings. 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 former Inner Forth Landscape Initiative partnership of Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Central Scotland Green Network Trust and Sustrans has now been joined by Fife Council, to work as Inner Forth Futures, and aims to build on the legacy of IFLI.

Commenting on the award, Dave Beaumont, RSPB Regional Director, and Chair of the Board of Inner Forth Futures, said: ‘Not enough people realise what a special place the Inner Forth is. We have internationally important wetlands, the first industrial-scale distillery in Scotland, the country’s biggest limekilns, beautiful wildflower meadows, ancient towers and many, many miles of fantastic paths and tracks to explore. This award will make it possible for us to work with the local people who know this area better than anyone to create a range of accessible, fascinating and fun day-long walks and cycles to tempt people off the beaten track to discover some of Scotland’s best kept heritage secrets. We’re delighted, and so grateful to everyone who has helped to make it possible.’

Ríona McMorrow, Acting Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help communities learn about and take pride in their local heritage. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings is no exception.”

Image: Robert Trevis-Smith/IFLI

Goodbye Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, hello Inner Forth Futures

















Not really goodbye! Since 2012, a partnership of eight local authorities, public bodies and charities has been working successfully together with local community groups, individuals and organisations to deliver an ambitious programme of work centred on the Inner Firth of Forth from Stirling to Blackness – the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI).  On completion at the end of September 2018, this £4 million HLF-funded Landscape Partnership scheme will have delivered 54 interlinked projects ranging from habitat creation, footpath installation and historic building conservation projects to the provision of traineeships, volunteering schemes and a wide range of skills training opportunities.  By combining these with pan-landscape interpretation, events and promotion, IFLI has gone a long way to leaving an incredibly positive legacy in the area.  The infographic above shows some of IFLI's key achievements.

However the end of IFLI does not mean the end of the partnership. From 1 October 2018 the partners will continue to work together to deliver a strong legacy from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative that maintains and builds on the success of this previous project. The new phase will oversee delivery of the IFLI management and maintenance obligations, to make sure the projects that were completed during IFLI are cared for, supported and enhanced over the coming years. The partners have appointed a new project manager, Kate Fuller, to help administer the funding that was provided as part of the HLF grant to ensure that this takes place.

In addition to helping the organisations who delivered the projects to maintain the on-the-ground works that they put in place over the four-an-a-half years of IFLI, the funding will also help to train more people to look after and monitor the area’s natural and historic heritage, through apprenticeships, workshops and courses aimed at local people and community groups.

Our communications officer, Sue Walker, will also be staying on for the time being. As there are one or two IFLI pieces of work still to complete, in particular the suite of area-wide interpretation and the  Explore the Forth app that made up the Telling the Inner Forth Story project, Sue will be making sure they get the publicity and recognition they deserve once they are in place. She will also be maintaining our Facebook and Twitter feeds and website, so that our supporters continue to be the first to know what is going on as we move into the next phase.

So the message is, watch this space!