A VIDEO telling the story of our dear green place, Pittencrieff Park, and what it means to locals has been made for the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust. 

They're involved in an ambition project to transform the Glen and, with the help of the Press, received more than 1,000 ideas and proposals from locals and visitors after launching a public consultation in August 2021. 

A feasibility study is now underway to see what is possible and we'll have more on that in the Press in the coming weeks. 

From the weeklong 'public conversation' there were plenty of suggestions such as a splash park, an electric train, treasure trails, horse rides, crazy golf and cocktails and fine dining on the terrace at the pavilion.  

The people want more music, food, sport and art festivals and events, as well as an outdoor cinema, zip wire, cabins selling coffee and ice cream, barbecue tables, markets, tea dances and ‘tropical’ experiences in the glasshouses.

There was a desire for more opportunities to socialise, exercise and learn new skills, and they asked for Pittencrieff House to be re-opened and put to good use, such as a wedding venue and telling the story of Dunfermline’s links with Pittsburgh.

Those links with the US city began in the 18th century with General John Forbes and continued with Andrew Carnegie. 

As a youngster the future steel king was banned from setting foot in the Glen but once he made his fortune he bought the park and gave it to the people of Dunfermline in 1903. 

He described that as his most 'soul satisfying' gift and, more than a century on, it's at the heart of the city and a dearly loved attraction for thousands of people.  

Some of them are featured in the video, which was produced for the trust by Granite Creative Productions, while local lad and TV presenter, the former Marine JJ Chalmers, talks about what the Glen means to him.