Plans to revive a community gem in Perth received a boost thanks to national charity Fields in Trust Scotland.
Riverside Park in Perth was previously a neglected and overgrown space, before local school children in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council chose the site for a Community Challenge project. Fields in Trust Scotland awarded £6,500 from its QE Fields Challenge Fund to the project. The funding will be used to help restore this historic site to its former glory.
The funding has contributed to local children engaging with their local area as well as the natural environment and the site’s heritage. Riverside Park’s historical roots include an ancient burial ground, and a 19th century garden.
The Park was eligible for this funding as owners, Perth and Kinross Council, nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge. Becoming part of the Challenge means the Park will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy forever. The QE Fields Challenge is still open for submissions from landowners and aims to create a grassroots legacy from the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Fields that are protected through the Challenge receive a specially commissioned heraldic plaque and support to hold a community celebration event. In addition, FIT Scotland are a partner of Sportscotland: applications to the Sportscotland £10million Active Places Fund from QE Fields will be given added weighting.
I’m delighted that the Council has received this funding from Fields in Trust for Bellwood Riverside Park. It will enable us to carry on rejuvenating this historic park in the heart of Perth, bringing it to life in an exciting project for all the community to enjoy. The funding will be used to create a sensory garden and restore the stone structures in the gardens,” Cllr Alan Grant.
Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that the Parish Council is embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their locally protected QE Field. By safeguarding and improving this area, the Trust has shown how much they value the quality of life of everyone in their community both now and in the future,” Colin Rennie, FIT Manager Scotland says.
For more information contact Kathryn Cook, Comms Manager or Colin Rennie.