Estate, Friends, History

Tree planting marking 100 years as a public park: Centenary of public heritage at Kinneil _ Part 5

Tree planting at Kinneil Estate, 25 February

A ceremonial tree planting event has marked the centenary of Kinneil Estate becoming a public park.

An oak tree has been planted alongside a commemorative plaque in the paddock near the entrance to the estate. Nine other oak, lime and field maple trees were also planted, extending a section of mature parkland trees and boosting the area’s value for wildlife. Snowdrops have also been planted around the trees to provide early spring colour for people and nature.

Kinneil Estate has acres of woodland and natural habitat and boasts over 2000 years of history including the site of the Antonine Wall which was named a World Heritage Site in 2008, and at its centre the magnificent 16th/17th-Century Kinneil House. The estate belonged to the Hamilton family for nearly six centuries until its sale in 1922-3.

Councillor Paul Garner, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development said: “We are extremely proud to have such a majestic and historic estate situated in the Falkirk Council area. It is a much loved and well used public, open space for all.”

Ian Shearer, Chairman of the Friends of Kinneil, said: “It is a hundred years since Kinneil House and Estate were acquired on behalf of the people of the area. As well as their outstanding heritage interest to visitors, the local community has cherished the 200-acre parkland as a natural and recreational amenity – ever more so during the pandemic. This oak marking the centenary will represent hope, strength and resilience for the estate’s future.”

Falkirk Council’s Provost, Councillor Robert Bissett, joined other elected members, along with volunteers and representatives from other organisations who help to look after the estate, to plant the commemorative oak tree and snowdrops.

The trees and commemorative plaque were funded and supplied by Falkirk Council.

Follow our series of blog posts so far, telling the remarkable story of what happened in 1922-3: links here to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4… more coming soon.

[Picture credits: Falkirk Council]