Visitors and residents alike will benefit from the new vision set out in Falkirk Council’s updated Historic Environment Strategy.

Approved this week (13 February), the strategy ‘Our Future in the Past’ outlines the suggested way forward between 2018 and 2023 for the promotion, management, appreciation and protection of Falkirk’s historic environment locally.

As well as consulting with larger partners such as  Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Falkirk Community Trust, the new document was also shaped by an online survey where around 90% agreed with the approach favoured by Falkirk Council (with more than 300 consultees contacted). 

Councillor Robert Spears, spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: “The strategy is a revised and fully updated take on our approach to looking after our valued historic environment locally.

“There are some spectacular examples of the contributions various sites have had in history such as two of Scotland’s most significant battlefields: the Battle of Falkirk in 1298 during the First War of Scottish Independence and the Battle of Falkirk Muir during the Jacobite rising in 1746.

“We have a varied and rich historic landscape locally and this document will ensure we have the right way of getting the most of it as well as ensuring its preservation for future generations.”