Work in Silverburn continues

Grow your Mind participants with (seated) Sarah Cherrett, Wellbeing Coach at FEAT, and Diarmud Baillie, Environmental Coach from New Caledonian Woodlands.
Grow your Mind participants with (seated) Sarah Cherrett, Wellbeing Coach at FEAT, and Diarmud Baillie, Environmental Coach from New Caledonian Woodlands.
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Councillors have welcomed an update from Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT), which is looking to revamp Leven’s Silverburn Park.

Ahead of the recent Levenmouth area committee meeting, several elected members visited the park to see for themselves the work which has already been carried out, including a new Redwood Trail and improved pond area.

Commenting, chairman of the committee, Councillor Tom Adams said: “I’m mightily impressed with what has already been done at the park, and the plans for what is going to be done.

“If all of FEAT’s plans come to fruition, then we’ll have a venue that will be second to none – this is a project which can only benefit Levenmouth.”

Cllr David Alexander also expressed his satisfaction at the work being carried out, which includes path clearing and tree planting, but noted that the next big challenge would be dealing with the exisiting buildings within the park.

Peter Mountford-Smith, FEAT consultant, explained initial estimations to turn the former Flax Mill into a hostel/cafe/events space would be in the region of £3 million.

Cllr Alistair Hunter voiced his concerns about the future sustainability of the park, but Mr Mountford-Smith explained they are already looking at developing the campsite at the park from next spring, depending on planning permission for a shower block. He said that would help to put the park on the map for outside visitors and, more importantly, those who will spend money locally.

Mr Mountford-Smith and chairman of FEAT, Duncan Mitchell, also revealed plans for possible allotments within the park.

Volunteers from the Grow Your Mind project, designed to give those with mental health issues employability skills, worked on the Redwood Trail. Duncan Mitchell praised their work, saying: “We hope more people will now visit the Redwood Trail, which has essentially been lost for a generation. We’re reliably informed that the Silverburn Redwoods are just ‘babies’, so they will have many more years to grow in the estate and I would encourage people to take a walk around these amazing trees.”