The enhancement of Zetland Park in Grangemouth took a significant step forward last week (Thursday 14 December) with the announcement of an award of £127,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop plans for its future upgrade.

The award, made to Falkirk Council, is the first stage of a bid that is being prepared to attract a further £920,000 for works in 2019.

If successful, the award would be used to restore the park’s historic fountain, create a wildlife pond and a heritage wall. A full programme of events and activities will celebrate the heritage of the town and aim to involve a wide range of volunteers in the rejuvenation of the park.

Councillor Robert Spears, spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: “Zetland Park is a great resource for local residents and visitors alike. This additional funding will help us prepare for the next stage that puts forward a far more detailed plan of our development intentions.

“Working with the local community and groups such as Friends of Zetland Park has meant we have been able to develop proposals that really reflect the wishes of the whole community in how they want to take forward the development of this fabulous resource.”

The local community played a significant part in the success of the bid, with just under £60,000 raised by groups and individuals, led by the Rotary Club of Grangemouth who donated £12,000.  

Tom Brown, Chair of the Friends of Zetland Park, expressed his thanks to everyone involved, saying: “I am humbled and flabbergasted at the fundraising which has brought the town together so magnificently.”

Today’s announcement will also unlock £18,000 from Historic Environment Scotland towards the repair of the fountain. If the second stage application is successful, improvements will also be made to the Cenotaph, footpaths, playpark, toilets, kiosk and paths.