Grangemouth public park named as Scottish favourite

Grangemouth’s historic Zetland Park has been included in the Fields in Trust list of favourite Scottish parks.
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The public space, which recently re-opened after undergoing a major regeneration, joins Aden Country Park in Aberdeenshire, Pittencrieff Park in Dunfremline, Starbank Park in Edinburgh and Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick on charities list of Scotland Local Favourites.

Fields in Trust Fields is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. It works with landowners, community groups and

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policy makers to champion the value of parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.

Zetland Park is a great place for familiesZetland Park is a great place for families
Zetland Park is a great place for families

Zetland Park’s regeneration can be trace all the way back to 2012 when a group of residents formed Friends of Zetland Park to help promote and manage the green space along with Falkirk Council.

A decade – and a lot of time, effort and money – later there is a new play area, one of the most inclusive play facilities of its kind in Scotland, a new pump track to which is highly popular with cyclists and skateboarders, a refreshed and invigorated rose garden and a beautiful natural pond feature.

The paved area around the war memorial has also had a makeover, making it more accessible and, after a painstaking search of archives traced a photograph of the original fountain, a replacement for the top two tiers of the water feature, including the lady statue, was commissioned and is now in place.

And the new permanent performance area made its debut at this crowing platform for year’s Grangemouth Children’s Day.