Public’s views sought on eco village plan

The proposed site of the eco village
The proposed site of the eco village

residents in Burntisland are being asked for their views on a proposed forthcoming eco project in the town.

SCI at the Earthship (Sustainable Communities Initiatives) is in the process of applying to Fife Council for planning permission to develop an eco site on land in Burntisland known locally as the Widows Land.

As well as building 12 eco homes for people to rent as affordable housing, the development would focus heavily on enhancing the biodiversity of the site and surrounding woodland.


Funded by the Forestry Commission’s Central Scotland Green Network Fund, SCI is running three community events at the Toll Centre in Burntisland from 10.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m. on September 1, October 27 and November 24 to invite local people along to look at ways the site can be managed with biodiversity and community use in mind.

The events are all free and lunch will be provided.

The first session on September 1 will focus on woodland management, the next on October 27 will look at ponds, hedges and wildflower meadows, and the final one on November 24 will explore permaculture.

The first two events will be managed by Tony Wilson, a Fife Coast and Countryside ranger who has surveyed the site’s woodland and habitats.


Tony will provide a presentation of his findings to date, share his 25 years of experience of habitat management and lead a discussion on the possible future management of the site.

It is hoped Tony will also be able to take people out to the Widows Land for a closer look.

Paula Cowie, development manager of Sustainable Communities Initatives at the Earthship, said: “The site in Burntisland was chosen for the ecovillage because it meets several of our site selection criteria, such as it is within three miles of a train station and is within walking distance of bus links.

“It is adjacent to an exisitng settlement and is south facing to maximise solar gain.

“The ecovillage has been a slow-burning vision of SCI’s for many years, a natural progression from building the demonstration Earthship at Kinghorn Loch.

“We believe it has the potential to demonstrate sustainable living for families wanting to actively address social, economic and environmental sustainablility.”

>> For more information, please contact SCI on (01592) 891884 or email