Grangemouth's Inchyra Park salutes its historic high flying past

Fans of history and aviation will be able to head along to Grangemouth’s Inchyra Park later this year to view its colourful new Spitfire mural.

By James Trimble
Monday, 23rd March 2020, 11:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 2:59 pm

For the last few years Friends of Inchyra Park and a mass of volunteers have been working hard to turn the park into something the community can be proud of and now they are also acknowledging the fact it was home to Grangemouth Airport and was used to train Spitfire pilots during World War Two.

This historic aspect has been highlighted by Friends of Inchyra Park, who have introduced heritage displays, benches and planters drawing people’s attention to the park’s past.

Now, a massive mural, depicting a Spitfire, is being created by artist Donna Forrester to make the display even more eye catching.

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Artist Donna Forrester gets to work creating an RAF mural in the middle of Inchyra Park

This is only the latest initiative taking place at Inchyra Park, with every undertaking designed to encourage people to visit the improving open space and even participate in its transformation.

Adam Gillies, a member of Friends of Inchyra, said: “We are trying to work with as many people as possible so they can take ownership of the park. We want to encourage people to use the park and we want the community to be proud of their park.

“We have done a huge amount of work here over the last couple of years.”

Last year volunteers planted a community orchard which also includes apple, pear, cherry and plum trees and it has subsequently become a kind of memorial garden to commemorate loved ones who have died.

Artist Donna Forrester and and Adam Gillies of Friends of Inchyra Park show off the Spitfire mural design to be created in the middle of the park

Sadly, due to the current coronavirus crisis, the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled to take place in the park on Sunday, April 12 has had to be cancelled.

Government guidelines also meant school pupils could not come along and assist artist Donna when she was working on the Spitfire mural.

Visit www.facebook.com and search for Friends of Inchyra Park for more.