Art in the Park Project Supports Scottish Biodiversity

Avondale Environmental, the HLF and Maddiston Community Council have provided the funding for an innovative Art in the Park project at Muiravonside Country Park. The project is designed to promote awareness of rare species which contribute to the breadth of Scottish biodiversity an encourage further exploration of natural habitats.

The project links the children’s poetry contained within the book Imagining Things by Kenneth Stevens, with Scottish artists and craftsmen working in wood, metal and stone. Working with the local community these artists have been designing seven sculptural pieces to create a trail around the park. Interpretation boards will give more information about the species and the habitats they call home, and the trail will encourage people to explore the park and appreciate the natural heritage on their doorstep.

Work started over Easter 2015 with a public open event at Meadowbank Library. Since then various groups have been working with Kenneth and the other artists to link the poems to different species and place in the park and in august the last of the public open sessions was held. Jim Whitson the ‘Blazing Blacksmith’ was on site work shopping elements of the gateway structure which will mark the start of the trail, whilst Kenneth provided poetry readings in a gazebo, the rangers led walks around the proposed route of the trail and Pat the goat from Newparks Farm even got in on the action greeting children in the car park.

Species and habitats highlighted by the trail will be, Great Crested Newts, Wildflower Meadows, Owls, Bats, Swallows, Orchard Environments and Bees. Public bat walks by Echoes Ecology have taken place this year and wildflower seed collection and growing events and apple celebration days are also planned. See the FCT events calendar on line for more details.

This project is part of the larger three year ‘Learn Explore Enjoy’ programme funded by HLF aimed at improving Muiravonside Country Park. The Park Ranger is always interested to hear from volunteers who would like to get involved in delivering this exciting project which ties together the natural and social heritage of the site. Contact for more details about getting on board.

Published on Monday, 14th September 2015

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