Fife Employment Access Trust - Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland, Company no. SC394284. Scottish Charity No. SCO22263
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In 2013, Fife Council wanted to see the park better used, and asked for ideas about what should be done. They invited people to make proposals for how they could improve it. FEAT responded to Fife Council's invitation to submit expressions of interest, and we were asked to develop our ideas in more detail. We are focusing our attention on the longer-term aim of renovating the former flax mill on site whilst in the meantime developing plans to open camping and glamping facilities and working in partnership with Fife Council to deliver employability training for local people, gaining practical experience and qualifications whilst also maintaining the park.
Whatever is done needs to meet the conditions on which Silverburn was gifted - it was to be used for the benefit of the public in general and the people of Leven in particular, for nature trails, quiet parkland and organised camping.
We are interested because we think Silverburn fits very well with our focus on health and wellbeing. Our work involves helping people into employment, and offering training and volunteering opportunities, and this approach works well at Silverburn.
We need to come up with a package of both community and commercial activities to keep the Park financially self-sustainable.
We are supported financially in the flax mill restoration by the Architectural Heritage Fund
Visit our dedicated Silverburn Park website for more details
Silverburn Park is a 27-acre park just east of Leven. It was gifted to Fife Council by the Russell family in the 1970s, and became a public park. It was once very well used, but now many fewer people are visiting.
The park is close to the sea and the Coastal Path, and it has mature woodlands, open space, and several old buildings, two of which are listed. There used to be a mini-farm, but this closed some years ago.