Alloa’s environment: Greenfield Park

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Alloa has a surprising amount of green space right in its centre with the town’s Greenfield Park bounded by Tullibody Road and Parkway. This mature parkland environment offers a tranquil spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Alloa town centre. It features forests with a wide variety of tree species, offering a relaxing place to enjoy the sun of a Scottish summer or crisp autumn days with ample space for walkers, children (swings, sand play, and trampolines are available in the park’s play area), sporting activities, or just sitting on a bench watching the world go by. People of all ages can enjoy the park, whether for a leisurely stroll or more vigorous activity, and it’s a great place to blow the cobwebs away, whatever the weather or time of year.
The space offered by the park provides an important opportunity for Alloa residents to get outside and enjoy the fresh air after being cooped up indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers a great, safe outdoor meeting place.
The historic Greenfield House, a three-story sandstone building designed by Edinburgh Architects, Mitchell and Watson and constructed between 1892 and 1894, is located within the park, right at its heart. The three-story sandstone building, which included the attic, was designed for David Paton Thomson, a member of the wealthy mill-owning Paton family, and sits on just over 11 acres. There were two lodge houses at both entrances, a walled garden, greenhouses, and a stable structure on the grounds. The house was elegantly decorated by the couple once it was finished, and Thomson had a sizable art collection, but after a mysterious fire in 1914, when the family were out of town, the mansion was sold to Alloa Town Council and went on to serve as the long-term headquarters of Clackmannanshire Council until they relocated to Kilcraigs in 2014.
The home was subsequently sold to private developers, but it fell into disrepair, much to the dismay of the local community, and was bought back by Clackmannanshire Council in 2021 as part of its “Be the Future” local revitalization programme, with the goal of restoring it as a viable community asset, hopefully as part of a City Deal. A reinvigorated Greenfield House, restored to its former glory, will really enhance the aesthetics and bring new life to the park.
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