Proposed designs for a Nature Network at River Leven unveiled
The Leven Programme – a series of connected projects along the River Leven in Fife supported by the Leven Partnership – has launched a story map of proposed design ideas for a Nature Network within the River Park, worked on by our team.
We were appointed civil engineers to The Leven Programme’s Nature Network project, which aims to explore ideas to enhance habitat connectivity, support surface water management and create an attractive blue-green active travel network.
The map shows some of the ways the park could be adapted for nature, and includes maps, photos, sketches and links. It details how existing features could be enhanced, as well as areas for potential habitat creation, flood mitigation and green network connectivity along the three-mile stretch.
Our team, including director Isla Jackson and associate director James Travers in our Glasgow studio, worked alongside RaeburnFarquharBowen to design a series of nature-based solutions along the route. They conducted desk and field studies which researched the ecology, hydrology and landscape of the area, as well as holding a series of consultation events with the community.
James Travers said: “Scotland is one of the most nature-depleted countries globally, and it’s vital we find ways to enhance the resilience and extent of natural habitats, particularly as we respond to the climate emergency.
“The Nature Network is a standout example of how, through collaboration and creativity and with nature-based solutions, we can address this issue. We worked closely with the community, collaborators and organisations to design a route that would create a resilient and connected place for wildlife and people.
“Not only do the designs enhance biodiversity and manage surface water, they also support local food growing, create green spaces for people and contribute to an attractive active travel network. It’s been great to collaborate on such an inspiring project that focusses on building the sense of place in and around the River Leven.”
The Leven Programme is a series of connected projects involving multiple government agencies, non-government organisations, private sector businesses and local communities working together to deliver environmental improvements in and around the river, while maximising the social and economic opportunities that these improvements can bring.
The development phase of the Nature Network was funded by Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot.
[Diagram of proposed Nature Network additions to the River Park. Ordnance Survey Licence No. 100002151. Image via River Park Nature Network (arcgis.com)]