A group is being set up to make sure a country park, described as a “hidden gem”, is maintained following complaints it is being neglected.
Muiravonside Country Park near Maddiston is popular with families and walkers. But users have raised concerns about the state of footpaths and the general look of the area.
Maddiston Community Council and Falkirk Community Trust have now joined forces to devise an action plan to keep the park in good health. They hope a volunteer-led group will help maintain it and set up events to attract visitors.
John Wotherspoon, Maddiston Community Council convenor, said: “At an earlier community council meeting we had a number of people complaining about the state of Muiravonside Park. Falkirk Community Trust invited us to visit the park last Tuesday to discuss the challenges.
“The trust is currently working on a business plan for the park and is already engaged in repairing the footpaths. They have already received a grant to prepare a biodiversity plan. It was the view of all who attended that this park is a hidden gem, particularly the farm. The park is an asset which allows people to get healthy exercise, socialise and educate younger folk.”
Upper Braes Councillor John McLuckie said: “I have received concerns before about the park, but I can see big improvements already.
“It’s great that communities like Maddiston want to get involved and help maximise the potential income.”
Muiravonside Country Park lies two miles south of Grangemouth and covers 170 acres of woodland and parkland
It is an old country estate formerly owned by the Stirling family.
The park is free to access and open all-year round with nature trails, badger walks, picnic sites and a play area.
Visitors can follow the River Avon Heritage Trail around the park past the historic Avon Aqueduct and see relics of bygone industry and farming.
For more information call (01324) 590900.