Cowie schoolchildren have crowned the delivery of improved cycling and walking network through the village by creating their own piece of public art.

Stirling Council helped deliver four improved road crossings and a number of new and improved path links around Berryhills Park and St Margaret’s Primary.

The project aimed to enhance Cowie’s Main Street and boost levels of walking, cycling, and wheeling in the village.

It forms part of Stirling Council’s Active Travel Action Plan (ATAP), which supports the delivery of the Local Transport Strategy (LTS) by encouraging and enabling more trips to be made by walking, cycling and public transport.

Yesterday (Wednesday 19th June) residents gathered to celebrate the new piece of public artwork, which celebrates Cowie’s mining heritage, natural landscape, and strong community spirit, as well as an exhibition of work created by school and nursery pupils.

Balfron artist Elspeth Bennie ran workshops on the theme of ‘Old and New’ for Cowie Primary, St Margaret’s Primary, Cowie Nursery, and the local youth group, before pulling pupils’ ideas together into three possible artworks.

Pupils, parents, and the wider Cowie community voted on the options, with the chosen artwork being fabricated with the input of pupils using Ms Bennie’s mobile forge.

Funding for the improved pathways and crossings was provided by the Scottish Government, via the Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

Convenor of Stirling Council’s Housing and Environment Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson, said: “I’m delighted to see this project completed, with local pupils having played such a central role in the creation of this fantastic piece of artwork. The improved paths and crossings will help more children and their families to walk, cycle, and wheel safely around Cowie, especially on the school run.”

Vice Convenor, Cllr Danny Gibson, said:  “I’d like to pay testament to the input and support of the project steering group, with the representatives from Cowie Community Council, Cowie Rural Action Group, Cowie and St Margaret’s Primary Schools and Cowie Nursery ensuring the project delivered for local residents.”

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