Flying the flag and paving the paths at Grangemouth's Zetland Park

Residents young and old and organisations big and small have the opportunity to play a special part in the regeneration of Grangemouth’s historic Zetland Park.

By James Trimble
Monday, 14th September 2020, 2:39 pm
Updated Monday, 14th September 2020, 3:04 pm

Jessica Patterson, Falkirk Council estates development officer, is co-ordinating two projects – a quest to find 10 flags to fly on the park’s flagpole and the creation of the Portonian Path.

The groups involved in the flagpole project will be working with an artist, due to be appointed next month, who will work with them and help them realise their designs.

Jessica said: “Their flag’s design will show their own unique connection to the park.”

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Zetland Park's long awaited regeneration involves projects in relation to the flagpole and the pathways which people can get involved in

Zetland Park flagpole already has two flags it flies during the year – one for Grangemouth Children’s Day and one representing the assisted living facility Cunningham House.

The groups signed up to supply the flags for the remaining 10 months of the year are Friends of Zetland Park and the Rose Garden Action Group, the Armed Forces, the churches of Grangemouth, the town’s four primary schools, Grangemouth and Carrongrange high schools, Zetland Bowling Club, Grangemouth Heritage Trust, Sapphire Cheer and Dance, the Rotary Club of Grangemouth and the Zetland Park grounds keepers and maintenance team.

The first flag should be flying on the park’s flagpole by the middle of next year.

Jessica said: “It’s going to be a nine-month project from October this year to summer 2021.”

The Portonian Path project is already well underway.

Jessica said: “We had hoped to name the park’s four paths after four prominent Grangemouth individuals. We asked people for suggestions on Facebook and were overwhelmed by the number of people nominated.

“There were too many names so we decided to name three of the paths after the town’s other parks – Rannoch, Dalgrain and Inchyra – and the fourth path will be known as the Portonian Path.”

People have the opportunity to purchase bricks they can have special messages put on which will be placed along the Portonian Path. Each brick costs £70.

The messages on the bricks can only contain a maximum of 15 characters – that’s around a three line message – so people are asked to keep it tight.

These bricks are going quick so if you want to order them you should get your order in now.

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