The lands of Kinneil Estate were originally granted by King Robert I (the ‘Bruce’)
to Walter Fitzgilbert of Hamilton in 1323. The grounds remained in the ownership
of the Dukes of Hamilton until1922 when the former Bo’ness Town Council purchased
the woodland area and surrounds of Kinneil House under the Public Parks Act, for
the general public to have access to the woodland for walks and recreation.
A section of the Antonine Wall and a Roman fortlet dating from 142AD can be found
on the estate. Named as a British World Heritage Site in 2008, these have been partially
re-instated with the addition of interpretative signage.
The Kinneil Museum is housed in the 17th Century stable block at the Duchess
Anne Cottages in the Park, also displays detailed information about the Wall, and
the history of the Estate and the surrounding area in general.
The Kinneil Estate Masterplan
In order to protect and enhance Kinneil Estate as an important recreational resource and heritage asset a Masterplan for the Estate has been produced in partnership with relevant organisations and groups. The masterplan sets out a framework of themes, principles and opportunities to guide future development activity in both the House and Estate and lever in external funding.
The masterplan is available in both full and summarised format as PDFs (see right hand column). The masterplan references the Long Term Forest Plan as one component and a PDF of this plan is also available.
The Estate contains a large area of coniferous woodland, mostly planted between 1929 and 1949, eventually when timber prices fell the regular felling of trees to ‘thin’ them out stopped and the woodland became crowded, because the trees grew so close together they became tall and spindly, unable to support themselves in the face of strong winds, and fallen trees made the woods unsafe.
A 10-year management plan for the Woodlands was developed in partnership with Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) and after a period of fundraising work started to ensure the long-term future of the woods, while also improving woodland diversity and safety.
All of the areas which were replanted have been fenced off to stop deer eating the new trees and while there are pedestrian gates there is not access to the whole area on horseback or cycle. Eventually the fencing can be taken down and the woods will be a pleasant environment for recreation. There are still a good number of woodland routes for everyone to use and the surfacing is being upgraded on key sections.
Wildlife ponds situated in the woodland and grassland areas of the Estate are particularly important for wildlife and a wide range of wild birds and waterfowl can be seen and heard. Please help us keep these areas special by taking your litter home with you.
Friends of Kinneil
The Friends of Kinneil group was established
in 2006 to help promote and develop Kinneil Estate. They run events and guided walks
and other fundraising events which go a long way to assisting the work to improve
and develop the Estate. Anyone interested in the estate can join the group and help
make improvements to the Kinneil Estate. Kinneil House itself is managed by
Work at Kinneil
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and FCT are working in partnership with the community at Kinneil Estate on two
exciting projects. Falkirk Community Trust aim to help get “more people, more active,
more often” and TCV aim to connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes
for both. Working within the agreed Masterplan for Kinneil Estate we will be
improving access, helping wildlife and boosting tourism through the following programm:
Green Gym – TCV run a Green Gym at Kinneil Estate and nearby sites, These fun, free outdoor
sessions guide volunteers of all abilities through practical activities such as planting
trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds. While most of the projects relate
to wildlife conservation, the emphasis is very much on health and fitness. New
participants are welcome so please contact Rosie Walker on 01786479697 or email@example.com
Coastal Community Rangers – Coastal Community Rangers is an apprenticeship programme run
by TCV with support from Falkirk Council’s Employment and Training Unit. Working in the
community they enhance the environment and promote employment. The group mainly work at
Kinneil Estate carrying out maintenance and improvement projects which help deliver the
Masterplan for Kinneil Estate and raise it’s profile as an important heritage and tourism
site. The programme is not taking any new applicants for apprenticeships but if you have
any questions please contact Bo Couch on 07775 025 837 or firstname.lastname@example.org