On 3rd July, King Charles III joined us to plant a tree at the historic Kinneil House and Estate, a site cared for by TCV Green Gym volunteers.
King Charles visited Kinneil House in Bo’ness, near Falkirk, to commemorate the centenary of the Estate becoming a public park. As part of this celebration, some of the local TCV team helped the King mark the centenary by planting an apple tree in the Kinneil Orchard.
TCV’s Kinneil Green Gym volunteers help care for the Estate’s greenspaces to enhance its diverse nature, and for the local community and many visitors to enjoy. As well as TCV, King Charles met volunteers and representatives from many local charities and organisations.
King Charles joins volunteers and staff from TCV and Falkirk Council to plant a commemorative apple tree. FALKIRK COUNCIL
The TCV team, from left to right: Volunteer and former Senior Project Officer Karianne Ford-Bruning with daughter Sophie, TCV Chair Jon Towler, Senior Project Officer Krissy Stevenson, and Operations Manager Sandra Lyon. LYNSEY GOW
Kinneil Green Gym
TCV’s Kinneil Green Gym offers a wide range of environmental activities for volunteers from different backgrounds, ages and abilities help care for the Estate’s greenspaces and biodiversity to enhance its diverse nature and wildlife, which also allows for the local community and many visitors to enjoy.
Whilst attending our Green Gym, participants learn new skills, improve their physical and mental health, and engage with like-minded people. If you would like more information about the group and how to join in, please contact Senior Project Officer Krissy Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07825 056572.
The Friends of Kinneil
During his visit to Kinneil, King Charles met members of The Friends of Kinneil, a small charity dedicated to promoting and developing Kinneil Estate and the nearby Kinneil Local Nature Reserve, also called Kinneil Foreshore. The Estate has 200 acres of woods and parkland, plus historic remains going back 2,000 years, including a Roman fortlet on a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site, and the magnificent Kinneil House, dating from the 16th Century.
The nature reserve is a former colliery site which has been transformed into a public open space of grassland, wildflower meadows and woodland, intersected by a good network of paths. The Friends, who are all volunteers and longstanding TCV Community Network members, organise guided walks around the Estate and help to support Historic Environment Scotland with the visitor operation at Kinneil House. They also help manage the nature reserve with its owners Falkirk Council.
To find out more about the Friends of Kinneil and how to join them, visit their website.