Leven MSP visits Flax Mill restoration 


Categories: Community, Local Business

Jenny Gilruth met with staff and volunteers at Silverburn Park ahead of the beginning of the historic flax mill’s restoration 

Monday 24th July 2023 

Leven’s MSP, Jenny Gilruth, last week visited Silverburn Park ahead of the Flax Mill Restoration Project officially beginning next month.

The project, led by Fife Employment Access Trust and supported by volunteers and trustees, will begin this August. The multi million plans have been supported by the   Scottish Government, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Fife Council and Historic Environment Scotland.

The Flax Mill Project aims to deliver the overall vision for Silverburn’s regeneration – to create a unique community space, that works for the community, and that the whole community can be truly proud of.

The final result of the project will create a visitor centre and community hub offering jobs, training, space for retail and creativity, alongside a hostel for visitors coming to the area on the new Levenmouth Rail Link.

Following the visit, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“It is fantastic to see the progress which the Flax Mill Restoration Project has made since my last visit in July 2021. I was deeply saddened by the passing of Brian Robertson earlier this year, who played such a pivotal role in moving the project to fruition. 

“My visit was a welcome opportunity to meet with staff to hear about how Brian’s legacy is continuing through the progress at the park. It was also great to see families enjoying the camping pods and the campsite, with beautiful views of the Forth. The staff and volunteers and Silverburn are a credit to the local community – their determination has paid off and now the real work of bringing the Flax Mill back to life can finally begin”. 

Duncan Mitchell, CEO at Fife Employment Access Trust, also commented:

“We are so excited that works are set to get underway on the flax mill next month after so many years of planning and fundraising. 

We have to give a huge shout out not just to the large grant funders who’ve made it possible but also to so many members of the local community who have made donations or said “keep the change” when buying from our café – it’s been an incredible team effort.”

Notes for editors – –

  • Attached image features Jenny Gilruth MSP with Duncan Mitchell from FEAT (middle) and representatives from Clark Contractors (far right and far left)
  • The Silverburn Park Flax Mill is scheduled to open in Easter 2026.
  • You can learn more about the park’s developments here – www.silverburnpark.co.uk
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