Tidings of Heritage Lottery Fund good cheer for Pittencrieff Park
Archived news: published on Tuesday 20 Dec 2011 by Fife Council
Pittencrieff Park pond
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed funding of £708,900 for Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline, one of Scotland’s most important urban parks. The news means that major redevelopment works at both of these popular parks can now press ahead.
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:“Our parks are a wonderful legacy from our ancestors which are enjoyed by all ages. Whether taking a winter walk, sledging with the children or attending a community event, they provide an invaluable space for recreation, sport and leisure. HLF funding will help transform these treasured places, protecting their heritage while improving the facilities for the hundreds of thousands of people that use and enjoy them.”
Pittencrieff Park was purchased in 1902 by the town's most famous son, Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist, and gifted to the people of Dunfermline in a ceremony the following year. This 76 acre park is home to a statue of Carnegie, Pittencrieff House Museum, the Glen pavilion and formal gardens. It also has the remains of Malcolm Canmore's Tower, thought to date back to the 11th century when it was the royal residence of Malcolm and his queen, Margaret. The park is probably best known, however, for its resident peacocks. Returning this much-loved green space to its former glory, restoring many historic structures and bridges, refurbishing the glass houses to create educations spaces and improving safety with lighting and better paths is at the heart of the plans.
Councillor Brian Goodall, Chair of Fife Council's Housing & Communities Committee, said: "This is fantastic news for one of Fife's best loved parks! I'm delighted that we’ve been able to secure this level of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we’re now looking forward to being able to deliver our long term development plan for this unique facility in partnership with the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.
"Pittencrieff Park, or the Glen as it's known locally, is an important and extremely popular facility which is of huge historical and cultural significance to Dunfermline & West Fife. A project of this scale and complexity takes a lot of time and effort to put together, so this major award from the Heritage Lottery Fund reflects the contributions made by our own staff, the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and other local stakeholders, including the Friends of Pittencrieff Park.
“This funding will complement the significant investment already earmarked for the park by the Council and Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and will allow important restoration and development work to proceed that will help re-establish Pittencrieff Park as one of Scotland's premier family parks."