A CELEBRATION to recognise Pittencrieff Park's status as best park in Scotland has taken place.

The Glen was voted Scotland's best park of 2019 after a vote by the Fields in Trust charity in September.

Councillors, workers and volunteers gathered last week to recognise the achievement

The Glen won top honour thanks to nominations which praised the "variety of well managed facilities from kids areas to Glasshouses, peacock sanctuary and historical features with accessibility and educational inclusions."

The park's "rocky waterfalls, imaginative paths, well stocked, neatly trimmed flower beds and herb gardens" were also hailed.

Already the holder of a Green Flag award for good management, Pittencrieff Park is a four star Visit Scotland Tourist Attraction and an important part of Dunfermline’s history and heritage. It was gifted to the people of Dunfermline in perpetuity by Andrew Carnegie in 1902.

Harry Dunn, Chair of the Friends of Pittencrieff Park group, was delighted with the latest recognition.

"We are all quite chuffed with it," he said. "I also used the opportunity to speak to the councillors about the need to retain it. Resources are getting less and less. The Fife Council workers are doing their best but it is getting harder and harder."

With over 600,000 visits a year, the Glen is one of the most visited parks in Fife with a wide range of attractions including three play parks, a café, pavilion, heated glasshouses and wooded glen walks.

The park enjoys great support from groups including Friends Of Pittencrieff Park, Cycling without Age, the Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park Group and Take a Pride in Carnock and Gowkhall.