PRACTICE EXCHANGE 3: Fife - Environmental Regeneration, Community Action

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Hosted by by Fife Council and community representatives

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Please note that some elements of the tour itinerary are subject to change. Final itineraries will be communicated to booked passengers.

9.30am: Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee. (conference venue)

10.20am – Lochore Meadows Country Park Welcome and tea and scones.

Meet Ian Lang Manager of the park and local community heritage members Tour of new centre and 15/25 min talk and Q/A on the park – the history; community involvement; the future (people, place and power!)

Lochore Country park was the largest piece of reclaimed industrial land to go from a Pit bog to the park it is. The community of Benarty have been behind the development and influenced it in every way through the years – they have great plans now as well for the future.Context and Community Conversations: delegates and community reps in park walk / indoors if raining followed by lunch.

Lochore Meadows Country Park has a fascinating history. The first signs of habitation in the area was approximately 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age. Little remains of these ancestors but much more visible is Inchgall Castle which is found immediately upon turning into the park. Originally surrounded by water the earliest parts of the castle were built in the 14th century by Adam de Vallance. More recently, the area was home to seven pits - the Lindsay Pit which opened in 1873, the Nellie Pit 1880, the Aitken Pit 1895, Lumphinnans Pit 1896, Glencraig Pit 1896, the Mary Pit 1904 and Benarty Pit 1945. All of these pits closed between 1959 and 1966 and left behind a scarred landscape. Reclamation work began in 1967 and over several years the area was transformed into the wonderful landscape you can experience to this day. Hear about the regeneration journey from community activists and the community development work in post-industrial mining communities.

11.00am Out on a seated trailer for an open air tour of the park and the resources at hand or can walk if preferred.

12 .00pm Light lunch prepared – soup and sandwiches to eat in or outside (because it is going to be a beautifully sunny day!!!)

12.30pm Leave Lochore head down A92 bypass and cross the Old Forth Bridge to allow folk to see the 3 Bridges turn around and back in to Fife

1.15pm/1.30pm Arrive Blairhall Community Centre in the West Fife Villages to meet with Young people who campaigned for and fund-raised for a new park/MUGA over a number of years and hear a bit about their story to get there. Challenging large housing developers to provide money promised, chasing the Local Authority to support them to climbing a Munro to fundraise themselves – and then, surprisingly, winning a national award. Have a wee walk round the park and facilities in the village; into the centre to meet community adults who helped the young people and who are now running a community café. So refreshments again (people, place, power)

3.00pm Leave Blairhall - we could go back via Dunfermline and take them to the Dunfermline Abbey or down to Culross – home of Outlanders (both 10mins from Blairhall) and we'll decide on the day depending on what delegates prefer.

The earliest known settlements in the area around Dunfermline probably date as far back as the Neolithic period. The area was not regionally significant until at least the Bronze Age. The town was first recorded in the 11th century, with the marriage of Malcolm III, King of Scots, and Saint Margaret at the church in Dunfermline. Robert The Bruce, otherwise known as Robert I, became the last of the seven Scottish Kings to be buried here in 1329.

Tour Ends: 5.00pm returning to the Dalhousie Building

Price: £35 per person (+booking fee).

Package includes:

  • Return coach transfer from Dundee
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Facilitated discussion

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More than 60 days prior to the event start date – 50% non refundable

Between 30 – 60 days prior to the event start date – 75% non refundable

Less than 30 days prior to the event start date – 100% non refundable

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