Leven – Silverburn Flax Mill

We are working with Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) and Fife Council on an ambitious project to restore Silverburn flax mill, near Leven. The flax mill is a B-listed, 19th Century brick building located within Silverburn Park. A rare survivor of Scotland’s historic flax industry, it is now in a derelict condition and on the Buildings At Risk Register.

FEAT is a local charity that supports people with mental health conditions to access employment and promotes positive messages about mental health. FEAT is the preferred partner of Fife Council to take over the management of Silverburn Park from the local authority. Their vision is to develop Silverburn as a place of quiet enjoyment, conserving the cultural values of the landscape and buildings, supporting the health and wellbeing of the community, and enhancing the habitat and biodiversity of the environment.

The flax mill project is at the heart of this vision. The plan for the building includes a hostel for walkers and other tourists, a café, artists’ workshops, meeting spaces, and an office for FEAT. Once up and running, this will attract new visitors to this part of Fife and will provide additional opportunities for the local community, FEAT clients and volunteers to be involved in a wide range of activities in the park, from growing projects and woodland management to traditional craft skills and catering training.

The Development Phase is now underway, generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Fife Council, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the William Grant Foundation. A specialist team of consultants is on board to develop detailed designs and plans for the flax mill project.

If you have any information about the flax mill or Silverburn Park – or would like to help by getting involved in the project or with a donation to FEAT – please get in touch. FEAT have established a Friends of Silverburn Park, and we’d love to hear from you! For more information go to: www.silverburnpark.co.uk


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