THE results are now in and the people of Leven have spoken ...
Fife Employment Access Trust has revealed what you told it you want to see happen at Silverburn Park – and it seems a community farm, artists workshops, a cafe, the buildings to be restored and, most importantly, free access for everyone, are just some of your main priorities.
Around 50 residents and visitors to Leven turned up for a public engagement workshop in Carberry House in January to discuss ideas for the park and to offer volunteering help.
The event was hailed as a great success and organisers have only just finished collecting all the information and writing it into a 36-page report.
The project has been named Heart Mind and Soul Silverburn and its leader, Aiveen Ryan, thanked everybody for turning out.
She said: “The aim of the event was to gather the fondest abiding memories of people of their connection with the estate, ask them what they would like to leave as a legacy for future generations, invite them to consider being actively involved in the project, and facilitate discussions and deliberations about the issues, and kinds of activities they would like to see at Silverburn, and be willing to engage in within the park.
“The event was enthusiastically embraced by all present and every person contributed positively to discussions and debate.
“The community want Silverburn to be a vibrant living place with activities for all generations; a space for fun, play, fitness, sport, arts, crafts, where nature and the environment are respected and nurtured and where our children can learn about wildlife and biodiversity and growing and connecting with our natural world and all of nature’s living creatures.”
Also suggested were the creations of nature trails and cycle paths, a living museum, meeting and conference space within the Silverburn House, a ghost trail at Corriemar, a micro brewery, a weekend music festival, allotments, an activity zone including tree-top walk and fire pit, holiday huts to provide respite for carers and improved disabled access.
A number of project groups, including ones looking at the ideas suggested, volunteering and fundraising, are to be set up in order to take the project forward to its next stage. The groups will all link up with each other and a small steering group will oversee them and arrange further open days.