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Herbertshire Castle (The Gala) Park – Phase 1 Improvements

A local community group called Community Green Initiative has a long standing involvement in the care, maintenance and enhancement of the park, and following a previous successful LEADER funding application, led on the development of a Master Plan and Feasibility Study for Herbertshire Castle Park.

Catalysed by this preparatory work, a partnership of key stakeholders came together with the aim of delivering the park improvements proposed in the masterplan. Following a successful funding bid to Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER in 2020, Green Action Trust designed and delivered a first phase of park enhancements over autumn/early winter.

The aim of the enhancements was to:

  • create a more welcoming and attractive park
  • make the park more accessible to all users
  •  celebrate the parks natural & cultural heritage

The enhancements included the following:

  • Car park modifications to create 4 accessible parking bays
  • Regrading and widening of sections of path to improve accessibility
  • Installation of solar studs along riverside path between Stirling Street entrance and Wallace Crescent bridge
  • Creation of 3 viewing platforms/picnic areas (2 of which will be adjacent to the river)
  • Planting 14 large (4.5m – 6m) cherry trees along Stirling Street boundary wall
  • Planting two 6-metre-high ‘Legacy’ Sweet Chestnut Trees (same species as the Kings Tree)
  • A range of tree works for tree safety and amenity reasons
  • Installation of several picnic and park benches

This project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.

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