West Lothian LEADER is a European funded grant scheme supporting business and communities in rural areas. Through their work, a number of businesses have received funding to support projects - we've compiled a list of these activities you can take part this month.
The Paraffin Works is an outdoor play area at Almond Valley based around West Lothians Oil Shale Heritage. Almond Valley is open 7 days a week, although you must book a time on their website before visiting.
📍 Livingston, West Lothian
The West Lothian Shale Trail is a Heritage trail based around West Lothian’s industrial heritage for walking and cycling. As an outdoor trail, you can complete this at any time.
More details are available here:
📍 Throughout West Lothian
The Almondell Model Engineering Centre offers volunteers and membership opportunities for anyone interested in engineering with tracks for model engineering trains. Volunteering on site is open to anyone as long as Covid-19 guidelines are respected. The group meets on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Please contact them for more information on how you can get involved:
📍 Broxburn, West Lothian
Beechbrae Woodland Centre are a social enterprise and charity based in a 35 acre young woodland. We are using this as a base to teach, learn & engage with our natural environment and for our local community to gain skills and knowledge in practical woodland management and sustainability.
The woods, pond and pathways are always open for people to walk and explore.
📍 Blackridge, West Lothian
The Brock provides opportunities for people who suffer from chronic mental health illnesses and issues. The Brock offers therapeutic horticulture, craft and woodwork activities in order to build confidence and self - esteem, develop and teach new skills and reduce social isolation.
📍Broxburn, West Lothian
The Brock Garden is a Wood and Craft Centre located at The Strathbrock Partnership Centre in Broxburn, operated by Mental health charitable social enterprise "The Brock".
The Central Canal Project is improving facilities, creating links and developing the Union and Forth and Clyde canal pathways for tourists and communities. You can find out more about walks and cycling along this unique asset here.
📍 Union Canal throughout West Lothian
The John Muir Way offers walks and cycling along the 134 miles route from coast to coast across Scotland heartlands.
Within West Lothian, the beautiful path goes past Linlithgow on its way from South Queensferry to Falkirk.
West Lothian LEADER is a European funded grant scheme supporting business and communities in rural areas. Whilst we are now closed for funding we have supported 30 projects across the region many of them around the heritage and natural environment and these can still be accessed and enjoyed during the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.