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Tour of Lionthorn Bing, Falkirk

30 August 2023 at 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM / Scotland / Central Scotland / Updates

30 August 2023 at 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Slamannan Road Car Park, Falkirk FK1 5PW
Price from
RTPI Central Scotland | [email protected]

The event comprises an evening tour led by Falkirk Council and Green Action Trust.

Lionthorn Policy Bing is owned by Falkirk Council and is the remains of a coal mining spoil heap lying between the communities of Lionthorn and Hallglen. The colliery closed in 1960, resulting in the site being cleared and the top section of the bing being converted into a blaes sports area. By the early 1980’s, the pitches were no longer regularly used and they fell into disrepair.

Through Scottish Government’s new Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme, Green Action Trust and Falkirk Council secured over £560,000 towards the delivery of a large package of greenspace improvements in Falkirk, totalling close to £750,000.

The improvements include:

  • New landscaping;
  • Creation of extensive meadow areas and ‘nectar rich’ bulb planting which will contribute to the creation of the ‘John Muir Pollinator Way’, Scotland’s first B-Lines project.
  • Native woodland planting
  • Development of wetland ‘scrapes’ (seasonal ponds to encourage wildlife)
  • ‘Edible’ hedge planting to encourage wildlife and biodiversity
  • ‘Kick about’ grass pitch
  • Path link/access enhancements to improve the local active travel provision

Meet at the Slamannan Road Car Park. This car park is free, and very close to Falkirk High Station. We'll convene after the tour at the Wheatsheaf Inn for refreshments.

Core CPD Framework:


By attending this event you will:

  • Understand placemaking benefits associated with revitalisation of an area of derelict land:
  • Be introduced to innovative and inclusive design solutions to encourage wider use by a wide range of user groups including children and young people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Health & Inclusive Planning

By attending this event you will:

  • Explore wide ranging physical and mental health benefits of community focussed investment in local greenspace:
  • Witness bringing formerly derelict land back into use to provide health and wellbeing benefits:
  • Gain an insight into the community engagement process.

Event numbers are not capped, but booking is essential. Please contact tour organiser Alexandra Lewis, Planning Officer (Development Planning) to discuss any mobility and access requirements.