Greenspace initiative wins top prize for Falkirk

The Helix Project is one of the FGI's success stories
The Helix Project is one of the FGI's success stories

A pioneering Falkirk project has scooped a major award.

The Falkirk Greenspace Initiative took the outstanding achievement prize at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning last night.

More than 1.3 million trees have been planted and over 260km of paths created or upgraded since the FGI was formed by Falkirk Council and Central Scotland Forest Trust 20 years ago. Councillor Adrian Mahoney, convener of leisure, tourism and community said: “The FGI has been a flagship project in the council’s development plan for many years and it is very heartening to see it recognised by these awards.’’

The FGI was created in 1993 to transform the environment, improve the local quality of life and attract inward investment.

The Council and CSFT have worked on a number of key projects including:

Falkirk Helix (£41m) – strategic greenbelt enhancements, parkland, events space and canal related infrastructure.

Falkirk Urban Woodland Initiative (£800k) – community woodland management and creation.

South Falkirk Environmental Justice Project (£500k) – landscape restoration and access networks to serve a growing community.

Bespoke Project (£1m) – commercial venture for off-road trail biking

Roughcastle Landscape Restoration, improved setting and access between the Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall World Heritage Site.