We're helping to provide some virtual green space whilst you stay home this spring by Bringing Parks to You! Our third stop brings us to Scotland and Dunfermline - immerse yourself in a trip to some of their local parks and green spaces.
Welcome to the park gates on the third stop of our tour - it's time for a look around the nature and beauty of Dunfermline's Pittencrieff Park, known locally as The Glen.
We're inside the park gates now so let's take a look at the park map! Have an explore of the many parks and green spaces not just in Dunfermline but across Fife - see if you can find the spaces featured as A Park a Day below.
On the park bench this week we hear the story of Andrew Carnegie, a Dunfermline-born industrialist who made his fortune in the American steel industry of the 19th century before turning to philanthrophy. Over the final 18 years of his life, Carnegie gave away around $350 million (roughly $65 billion in 2019 dollars) to good causes. The sum included some $3.75 million to the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust for purposes of creating a public park for the people of the town, with the resulting Pittencrieff Park remaining his most cherished contribution. A statue of Andrew Carngie today stands in the park and you can discover more about the history of the space in this guide [opens PDF].
"No gift I have made or can ever make can possibly approach that of Pittencrieff Glen."
Andrew Carnegie, Scottish industrialist and philanthropist
Our third trip to the bandstand brings another celebration and that of Pittencrieff Park winning the Scotland title in UK's Best Park 2019, the first time the space had been recognised through the award. The park is home to an active Friends of Pittencrieff Park who were founded over a decade ago and meet regularly within the glassroom. Their work focusses on the play areas, orchard, kitchen garden and welfare of the park's peacocks as well as organising events.
"A variety of well managed facilities from kids areas to Glasshouses, peacock sanctuary and historical features with accessibility and educational inclusions. Rocky waterfalls, imaginative paths, well stocked, neatly trimmed flower beds and herb gardens. Much used by and part of the whole local community. We love our Glen!"
Nomination for UK's Best Park 2019
Picture with thanks to Fife Council as Cllr Judy Hamilton was joined by councillors, staff and volunteers to celebrate the park's achievement last November.
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We hope the latest stop on our Bringing Parks to You tour here in Dunfermline brought a little virtual joy in these challenging times as we are all reminded what valuable and precious places our local parks and green spaces are. Next up we move down to Wales and to Merthyr Tydfil before carrying on around the UK. Discover more of Bringing Parks to You and let us know where you think the tour should travel to!
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