Nearly £10k funding to uncover history of Killearn’s Glen

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Killearn Community Futures Company’s Path Group has received £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their project ‘Killearn Glen: Rediscovering the Community’s Lost Landscape’.

Norman McNab said: “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us a grant which should give a fascinating insight into the Glen’s past. Our success was enabled by the very positive support of Stirling Council, who own the Glen, and the professional help of Green Aspirations Scotland.”

Members of the Paths and Archives Group will work with Green Aspirations Scotland and Stirling Council to explore and survey the complicated history of Killearn’s Glen.

They will also organise activities and invite members of the local community to take part in this survey work.

The Glen sits at the heart of the village, but only recently has its suspected past been brought tantalisingly into the light.

The Killearn Glen project includes an archaeological survey and a search through historical documents and hopes to discover more about the Place of Killearn, and especially the Ladies’ Linn and lost tea room. Meanwhile surveys will attempt to rediscover drovers pathways, and dendrochronology will be employed to discover if oak coppice stools are remnants of a medieval working landscape. The aim is to gather information about the Glen in order to inform a long-term management plan.

All the participants hope that their discoveries will lead to the formation of a ‘Friends of Killearn Glen Group’. Other KCFC volunteer groups will be involved with this exciting project in the Glen, especially All Killearn Archive, which is interested in the historical aspects of the Glen, and the Killearn Courier, which will report on the results for the community. With the help of Green Aspirations Scotland, Killearn can look forward to an exciting summer and autumn of community events.

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