Consultation on plans for Kinneil’s walled garden

Officials at Falkirk Council are consulting on draft plans for the future use of the walled garden at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness.

They have circulated proposals and are asking for comments, in writing, by 2 p.m. on Friday, 2 July, 2021.

The site was previously used as a Council plant nursery and is currently home to Sustainable Thinking Scotland.

You can download consultation documents in PDF form here and here. The consultation is now also accessible via Falkirk Council’s online consultation space here.

If approved, the plans could pave the way for:

  • community growing, allotments, and outdoor working;
  • open area for pop up events, cafes and outdoor meeting space – possibly with moveable planters and seating;
  • garden area with space for historic interpretation, e.g. Antonine Wall;
  • space for community and club buildings;
  • potential for a community café;
  • sustainable Thinking Scotland’s food growing activities and biochar research project; and
  • drainage improvements.

The council says its proposals have been developed with Edinburgh-based consultants WSP. It says the plans are “based on comments received during conversations with residents, tenants, interested groups and organisations, and through public consultation during 2019 and early 2020”.

If you wish to make comments, email or write to: Mandy Brown, Falkirk Council, Abbotsford House, David’s Loan, Falkirk, FK2 7YZ, by 2 July. Alternatively you can submit an online response via the Council’s consultation page referred to above.

A council source also confirmed the authority has now installed new metal gates in the walled garden. “The wall repair works at the walled garden have also been put out to tender, with quotes expected back by mid-June 2021.  All going well, we hope to have contractors on site to complete the wall repairs in July and August 2021.”