Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) have been working with Fife Council and developing plans to regenerate this once bustling public park since 2013.
Silverburn Park was gifted to the town council in the 1970s from the Russell Family and for many years ran as an animal farm, a craft centre and hosted campers and a range of events. The activities and buildings closed during the 1990s, however the park has remained dear in the hearts of the local community and our aim is to regenerate the park for a sustainable future.
We have a Vision for the Park which can be found in the Business Plan:
"To develop Silverburn as a place of quiet enjoyment, supporting the health and wellbeing of the community, and respecting the habitat and biodiversity of the environment."
So far, we've managed to establish a range of community uses at Silverburn - from volunteering programmes to school visits and environmental education. We have a "Friends of Silverburn" group - which you are welcome to join - interested people from the local area and beyond helping us to shape the vision for the future. We are base-camp for the "Silverburn Squad" undertaking training, qualifications and gaining work experience in the Park as they ultimately seek to secure paid employment. We have also opened the "Cottage Window Café" for the summer season in 2018.
We have 27 community allotments in place - all allocated and a waiting list in operation and we are on track to open a campsite, complete with eco-lodges and spaces for campervans during 2019.
We have a specialist multi-disciplinary design team led by a conservation architect and managed on our behalf by Fife Historic Buildings Trust to oversee the refurbishment of the disused, and near derelict, former flax mill. Our plan for the mill is to create a hostel space, cafeteria/restaurant, meeting and office space - a venue that will attract local people and visitors alike. We are also keen to promote the heritage of the site - industrial heritage but also the family history and social history attached to Silverburn.
Silverburn Park - Trading Name of FEAT Trading CIC - Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered in Scotland, Company no. SC434244
Fife Voluntary Sector Award Winner : Green/Environmental Category 2016 & Runner-Up in 2017
Groundwork UK Community Awards 2017 : Finalist in Category of Education/Employment
Fife Business Diversity Awards 2017 : Finalist in Category of Health & Disabilities Employer
Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards 2018 - Finalist in Best Community Group
Wholly owned subsidiary of Fife Employment Access Trust, 6-8 Hanover Court, Glenrothes KY7 6SB Charity No: SC022263