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Kelpies help Falkirk Council win environment award

The Kelpies were officially opened earlier this year. Picture: Michael Gillen

The Kelpies were officially opened earlier this year. Picture: Michael Gillen

 

Falkirk Council had its commitment to the environment recognised when it was named overall winner at a competition to find Scotland’s greenest businesses and local authorities.

The council picked up two gongs at the Green Apple Environment Awards in Edinburgh on Monday for its delivery of The Helix project and the Falkirk Greenspace Initiative.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, spokesman for leisure and tourism, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Falkirk Council and its partners, who have delivered two visionary projects.

“Both the Greenspace Initiative and the Helix have played a significant part in the transformation of the local environment while also connecting our many communities.”

Winning first prize was Falkirk Greenspace Initiative, which was started by Falkirk Council and the charity Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) in 1993.

Its aim was to transform the local environment of the area, improve the quality of life and attract inward investment.

Over 20 years more than 1.3 million trees have been planted around the area, over 260km of paths have been created or upgraded and derelict sites have been restored.

Coming a close second was the Helix, a £41 million project which transformed under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace covering 350 hectares and includes the Kelpies.

 

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