THE HELIX – FALKIRK ECO PARK
The Helix Eco Park is an ambitious project conceived as part of the Falkirk Greenspace Initiative.
In the summer of 2005 the Big Lottery Fund launched the Living Landmarks and The Helix Eco Park project was identified as being eligible for this major funding programme.
During the autumn of 2005 a bid group of partners, Falkirk Council, Central Scotland Forest Trust and British Waterways Scotland supported by the project concept designers, further developed the project and in January 2006 a bid was submitted to the Big Lottery fund by Falkirk Council.
Key elements of the bid include landscape structure and connectivity, canal navigation and giant art works.
As the project developed THE HELIX ‘creating living connections’ was selected as the project bid title.
In April ’06 THE HELIX was successfully long listed at stage 1 and was one of around 75 projects nationwide to receive an assessment visit. The latest fantastic news is that grant funding of £25 Million has been awarded in November 2007.
This independant website aims to follow and support the progress of this ambitious project to its conclusion and beyond. All submissions of articles and opinions are welcome.
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An artist’s impression of the 100ft-high kelpie boat lift
Two 100ft-high equine sculptures which will function as a boat lift will be built next in the Falkirk area, as a result of a £25m lottery grant.
The artwork depicting horses’ heads is the main part of the Helix Project, which aims to transform more than 300 hectares of unused land over six years.
The Big Lottery Fund grant will fund a new section of canal, linking the Forth and Clyde Canal into the Forth Estuary.
It will also pay for 750,000 new trees and 34kms of paths and cycle tracks.