The Burn of Alyth flows through the heart of the town and flows past historical structures of cultural importance including the 16th Century Packhorse bridge and the ruins of a 13th Church. The previous planting scheme along the Burnside comprised of invasive bamboo which not only prevented pedestrian access along the Burnside but was also beginning to compromise the structural integrity of the wall. Working closely with the local community and Perth and Kinross Council Community Greenspace, and the Take A Pride In Perth and Kinross Association, Alyth in Bloom devised a plan to revitalise the Burnside through a phased programme of works to include hard and soft landscaping, installation of interpretation points and public artwork. Prior to beginning work on the Project, a thorough consultation exercise was undertaken to assess public opinion and gather feedback. Additional support for the project was gathered from local organisations, including Alyth Community Council, Alyth Development Trust, Alyth museum, Alyth Arts and Crafts Guild and Alyth Youth Partnership.
Supporting StatementThis Project has provided a much enhanced streetscape, and has facilitated improved accessibility along this scenic stretch of water. The project was met with numerous challenges, including flooding, COVID 19 pandemic, supply issues, but given the tenacity of the Community throughout the Project lifespan, the advantages have much outweighed the adversity experienced. The Project was volunteer led, and encompassed a number of community groups, including Alyth Youth partnership, who were involved in the design and production of street art. Alyth has a rich history and the visitor experience is now enhanced by information boards included in the Project. This is also interpreted in the stained glass installation.
The Project has transformed this town and future generations will enjoys its rewards.