The Helix's Kelpies, part of the CSGN

An annual search for the best Lottery funded projects has highlighted The Helix as a finalist in its 2014 Best Environmental Project category.

Vote for The Helix on the National Lottery Awards website. Please note that voting closes at midnight on Wed 23 July 2014.

49 projects have made it through as finalists across the seven categories, and the vote is now open to the public to choose their winner for each. The Helix is a £43m redevelopment of 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Park which was conceived of by Falkirk Council, Scottish Canals, Central Scotland Forest Trust and landscape consultants Ironside Farrar will be fully open by September. This is what The Helix had to say about why you should vote for them:

“The Helix has transformed 350 hectares of landscape between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving environmental space for everyone in the area to enjoy.

Here are just some of the achievements we've had to date:

  • Improved woodlands and 27km of new and improved walking and cycling paths, connecting access across 16 different communities to The Helix and wider Falkirk area.
  • A new canal link and hub, forming a gateway to the Scottish Lowland Canals, adding new navigation for those travelling by canal boat into Falkirk and the rest of Scotland.
  • Created multiple full-time job opportunities, a vast number of volunteer opportunities and numerous contracts and business opportunities for local trades and suppliers.
  • Given tools for loads of different community projects, from a newly-established Beekeeping Society, gardening groups, walking clubs and more.
  • Created 25 direct training placements for volunteers in woodland management, to help us take care of our local area and conserve the native wildlife and fauna.
  • Created a new park land, enhancing the Falkirk area's portfolio of recreational spaces, complete with play areas, catering facilities, and the area's very first purpose-built outdoor water sports lagoon.
  • Not forgetting The Kelpies - the world's largest equine sculptures, guarding the new canal hub. The Kelpies have become an instant visitor attraction and public art work for the local area. With worldwide media coverage, including multiple television documentaries, 15,000 tour guests and 150,000 visitors in their first 2 months of opening. The Kelpies have fast become the new cultural landmark for Scotland, putting Grangemouth and Falkirk on the tourism map.”