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Fife wellness park to bring a former open cast coal mine to life

December 4 2023

Fife wellness park to bring a former open cast coal mine to life

An ecologically themed wellness park within a former open-cast coal mine in Fife has taken a step forward with the first details given of a consultation programme.

National Pride, the developer behind a similar Ayrshire venture, plans to repeat the trick at the former St Ninian's mine near Kelty and Kingseat, transforming the area into an ecology park.

Sheffield-based cabin designer Boomhaus will create a range of hospitality lodges peppered throughout the upgraded environment with an emphasis on improving the wellbeing and mental health of visitors via 'dietary education' and 'activity therapies'. This approach will protect existing woodland and commemorate the mining heritage of the area.

Irene Bisset, Chair of National Pride CIC said: “We are very excited about the enormous potential of this astonishing site. As custodians, we take our responsibilities very seriously and our aim is to deliver an attractive, welcoming place for all.”

An application for planning in principle is expected in March 2024 following consultations at Kingseat Community Centre on 8 February and 7 March at Kelty Community Centre, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

Landscaping services are to be provided by Exterior Architecture. The mine is already the site of dramatic landscape art by Charles Jencks and the Fife Earth Project. 

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