The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) is an exciting new partnership between local government, charities, and agencies working together with local people to conserve and enhance the landscape of the Inner Forth.
The area includes the river and floodplain of the Forth as it flows from Stirling Bridge to Blackness castle and Limekilns and cuts across four local authority areas (Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and Fife).
The Initiative aims to reveal the hidden cultural, historical and natural wealth of the Inner Forth, restore and protect these areas, open up access, and ultimately leave a legacy of a richer landscape and new facilities for all. The Landscape Initiative aims to:
• Develop and manage a programme of works to enhance the heritage and landscapes of the Inner Forth and to improve their accessibility and sustainable management as part of a green network.
• Work with local communities and other stakeholders to prioritise and deliver actions for environmental, health and economic benefits (including training and education)
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative offers the opportunity to secure tangible green network benefits on the ground within a relatively short timescale. The Initiative will contribute towards many national and local policy objectives, as well as all of the CSGN themes.
Landscape Study published
A Landscape study has been commissioned for the area. This study looks at the landscape of the Inner Forth area, between Stirling and the Forth Bridges, considering the character of the landscape and how it has been influenced by geological, hydrological and cultural history and been shaped by these to form the unique area that it is today. It takes an innovative approach, reviewing the character of the area, through review of existing landscape character assessments, Historic Landuse Assessment data and fieldwork, to draw out the influences on the land and seascape. It sets out threats, opportunities and forces for change within the landscape, and drafts landscape quality objectives. It highlights the need for significant investment to manage and conserve the landscape.
The Initiative is currently in its early stages, and partners are working together to research and consult with experts and local communities to improve our understanding of what’s special about the landscape, what could be done to enhance it, and the interests and priorities of the people who live, work and visit the area. More details about how to contribute to these consultations will be circulated over the next few months.
The Initiative is being developed by RSPB Scotland, SNH, SEPA, Clackmannanshire Council, Stirling Council, Falkirk Council, Central Scotland Forest Trust, BTCV Scotland, Historic Scotland, and SUSTRANS. This work being undertaken this year is funded by contributions from members of the partnership and a grant from Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER.