Historic Fife landmark brought back to life

Markinch - Lorna Ross with some of the helpers

(c) David Wardle
Markinch - Lorna Ross with some of the helpers (c) David Wardle

An historic natural landmark, for decades left neglected and overgrown, has been brought back to life thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

The 18-month project to restore and return Markinch Hill back to something of its former glory, is nearing completion and the public are being invited to take a look as part of an picnic and open day.

The hill has been a natural playground for generations, but for most of that time has been taken over wild rhododendrons and other overgrowth.

But with a sympathetic removal of non specimen trees, as well as an extensive clearing programme, the work has revealed the historic stone terraces for the first time in decades and has opened up the hill for a panoramic view of the town and the Fife landscape.

And volunteers are hoping that Markinch Hill will not only be enjoyed by those who live in the town, but also attract people to the area.

“I played here as child many years ago and it was overgrown then, but now it has been revitalised and we’re very pleased with the results,” explained volunteer Lorna Ross.

“We’ve cut back where necessary and opened up the view from the top but we’ve also replanted over 100 new trees, with the help of local school children added many new wildflower specimens, and wildflower seeding.”

Information boards detailing the local wildlife, history of Markinch, it’s famous residents and the view from the top are also about to be erected.

A free family open day and teddy bears picnic celebrating the work takes place on August 13 from noon until 4pm which will include history talks, a tour and a chance to explore the new look hill.