Fife Coast & Countryside Trust take management of Lochore Meadows Country Park
Monday, July 7, 2014
In case you missed it we've been asked by Fife Council to manage Fife's most popular free visitor attraction!
We'll be looking after the site for a pilot period of two years and looking to generate new sources of income.
As such we've been provided with funding of £120,000 per year alongside £1million to upgrade and redevelop the visitor centre buildings in 2015 and 2016.
Over the two year period we'll be looking at the day to day operations of the park so we can make sure it is sustainably run.
We've also recruited a new park manager to help us really get to grips with these two pilot years. The man himself was formerly Fife’s wildlife crime officer, Ian Laing.
We've already painted the foyer of the park centre and installed a digital ikiosk as part of the improvements. Over the next year we also intend on upgrading the walking route linking Kelty to the country park and will be working to interpret and conserve the remains of the historic Lochore Castle.
Our Chief Executive Amanda Mcfarlane, said: “We are very excited to be managing Lochore Meadows which is a fantastic facility with great potential and to add it to the many important parts of Fife’s coast and countryside we already manage and conserve.”
“A key priority for us is to bring together the organisations associated with the country park, such as Outdoor Education who operate the boating facilities and the Fife Golf Trust to ensure that we are all working together to make Lochore Meadows a great place for everyone to enjoy”.
She added: “There are an estimated 600,000 visits to Lochore Meadows every year, and we want to ensure every visitor receives the best experience possible”.