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Issue 41 - New lease of life for landfill site

Scotland Magazine Issue 41
October 2008

 

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New lease of life for landfill site

Determined efforts of local people in Fife have seen a former rubbish tip transformed into a haven for wildlife.

The Balgownie Bleachfield outside Coaltown is now a 10 acre home to a variety of flora and fauna including grasses, mosses, heathers, trees, butterflies, moths, birds of prey, otters and mink. But from the 1960s to as recently as 1996 was used for landfill.

When the landfill was capped, the soil had very poor nutrient content which was actually beneficial, supporting a variety of wildflowers and plants not common to Fife.

It took four years to transform the site, with support from the Fife Environment Trust, the Big Lottery Fund and Fife Council.

There are now connecting paths, along with viewing points and a car park for visitors.