The Toll Park: Environmental and amenity improvements around the Cot Burn
Thank you to our funders: Fife Environmental Trust (via the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund), Fife Council and Paths for All
Summary: Project expected completion date 20th May 2021
The Cot Burn runs along the north side of the Toll Park, and so is sometimes called the Toll Burn. It joins with other burns west of the Cowdenbeath Road (in a culvert) to become the Kirkton Burn.
In recent years, local residents have expressed concerns about the Cot Burn. The area has been looking shabby, neglected and overgrown. Cllr Langlands successfully pressed for funding from Fife Council, originally for new fencing.
In 2019, BCC members met with representatives of Fife Council and engaged a landscape architect to come up with plans. There were opportunities for public consultation at the school, at the Toll Community Centre, and online, and these were supportive of the proposals. The watercourse works were removed from the original plans when it became apparent that these would be too difficult and expensive.
Here's a summary of the work:
Vegetation clearance by Fife Council. Litter picking on the burn banks and in the burn. The two old fences were removed as they were broken and at the end of their life.
A 1m high wooden round topped palisade fence ('lollipops') has been erected. This has access gates to permit on-going litter picking and vegetation management.
A new path has been created at a new entrance to the Park at the north east corner. This runs between the existing asphalt path at the footbridge, replacing the gravel section with macadam, and continuing this the full length of the park to Leith Avenue through the old concrete fence. This enables a level off road route across town between the Widows' Land and the Kirkton via the existing path to Glebe Place, and a step free route to school. Three solar light bollards illuminate it at night.
12 additional native trees have been planted alongside the burn: birch, rowan, crab apple, holly, hazel.
The south burn bank, mainly at the east end, has been seeded with Scottish wildflower seeds suitable for the conditions. Time will tell if these flourish or are out-competed by the existing grasses and robust existing plants!
Some natural wooden agility play features have been installed along the verge by the playing field with additional bench seating for children.
Two new wooden benches for adults close to the children's benches.
Three interpretation lectern panels on local history and nature have been erected: one at the west end, and two opposite the children's benches at the east end.
Two new wooden finger-post signs, one at each end of the asphalt/macadam path.
We are sorry that the project has taken so long to get started. This has been largely due to the difficulties in working with various agencies, like Fife Council Planning, during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people have, of course, been working from home and most contact has been by email and electronic portal. Thank you for being patient and understanding.
We are grateful to all those who have helped with advice and support, and especially our funders: Fife Environmental Trust (via the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund), Fife Council, and Paths for All.
If you would like to be part of a Friends of the Toll Park group to help look after the area, please email me (Anne Smith) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New fence, refurbished & new path, natural play agility features