The Odenwald Association was delighted to welcome Keith Jones, a presentation volunteer with the Helix park, who gave an interesting and informative illustrated talk about the regeneration of this area of Falkirk.
The talk took place on February 14, 2017.
Keith gave some history of the area in recent decades which led to the planning of the Helix Project. This involved consultation with local community groups and organisations and a range of agencies.
The Helix has been even more successful than its creators could have hoped for, winning awards including Environmental, Tourism and Structural, attracting visitors from the local area and from all corners of the globe. It is a place for everyone to enjoy with play areas for the children, walks, wildlife, the iconic Kelpies, volunteering opportunities, and prestigious events. Because of the habitat, a group is working in the park to establish beekeeping.
The world reknowned Kelpies are also attracting visitors from cruise ships docking in Leith and Rosyth and the informative guided tours which allow people to go inside these magnificent structures are extremely popular. These iconic images are even being used by Italian car manufacturer Ferrari in promotional material! An attractive glass fronted Visitor Centre, Cafe and Gift Shop is proving to be a very popular addition with a magnificent view of the Kelpies and canal basin.
Keith ended by answering questions raised by members before the vote of thanks given by Gray Allan.