A year-long project that celebrates the biodiversity of Muiravonside Country Park is being launched this month with seven new sculptures being commissioned to help visitors better understand their surroundings.
A grant of more than £51k has been awarded to Falkirk Community Trust (who operate the park on behalf of Falkirk Council) from Avondale Environmental, through the Landfill Communities Fund, to develop a poetry and sculpture trail.
Artists will work with local school children and other community groups over the next year on the design of the sculptures based on rare and endangered local wildlife that are resident in the park.
The sculptures will also feature poetry by Kenneth Steven, author of ‘Imagining Things’ encouraging visitors to further exploration and discovery.
Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust said: “Muiravonside is in a fabulous location and offers visitors so many attractions to enjoy. The addition of these sculptures will be of great interest to future visitors and we look forward to seeing them unveiled.
“It is also exciting to see that local schools and community groups will be involved throughout.”
Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s Spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: “Muiravonside attracts a wide range of visitors including many children who will be fascinated by the new sculptures as they explore the park. We are sure it will help boost numbers to the park and make for a more enjoyable visitor experience.”
Jacquelene McDevitt from Maddiston Community Council said "We are delighted that the funding has been secured for this innovative project combining art and nature for the pleasure of all visitors to Muiravonside Country Park.”
The park attracts more than ten thousand visitors annually and is free for visitors.
Falkirk Council and Maddiston Community Council have also supported the project by covering administrative costs.