The Shale Trail – Funding Success!!

The Shale Trail – Funding Success!!

A new route through West Lothian’s industrial past…

LFGNP are delighted to report that the Shale Trail project we have been developing is to become a reality!

Our two funding bids to LEADER and HLF were both successful, which in turn has unlocked a further match commitment from West Lothian Council, creating a project total budget of just under £310,000.

The ‘Shale Trail’ will now become a new route through West Lothian’s industrial past. Our aim will be to create an inspiring, enjoyable off-road trail of approximately 16 miles, which once complete, will tell the oil shale story, enabling local people and visitors to engage with and learn about every aspect of local shale heritage. People will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting activities programme, with new heritage interpretation, – and all whilst getting some fresh air and recreation, perhaps on a bike ride, or walking the dog!

Greendykes bing from The Union Canal

We would like to give a huge thanks to everybody who has participated in the project up to now. In particular the local communities through which the trail would pass. Special mentions to Winchburgh Community Development Trust, West Calder and Harburn CDT, Broxburn & Uphall Development Group, and Almond Valley Heritage Centre, who have been invaluable members of our steering group.

A huge thanks too to the schools and local community organisations, who contributed to the 12 letters of support  we received, and lastly to everyone that took the time to speak to us during the community consultation…We were delighted with the levels of support the project received from local people. 98% of over 600 respondents in our community consultation were keen to know more about West Lothian’s oil shale heritage. There was also strong support from youth groups and families to foster active travel habits in children and future generations.

Our next steps will be to appoint a Shale Trail Heritage Manager to deliver both the capital works for the trail, and also the heritage interpretation and activities programme…

Further updates as we have them…!