Since its formation the Forth & District Initiative have been involved in many projects aimed at helping Forth and its surrounding area return to its former prosperity and beautify the local area in as ’Green‘ a way as possible. Below you will find details of some of the projects we have worked on.

Jim Paton Recreational Ground. (formally know as the White House Recreation Park.)

In the year 2000 the park was in a state of decay due to its age.

Use of the park for outdoor activities was limited due to its condition. The group knew that provision, for people's needs must be met and this must be demonstrated through the upgrading of the running track, the infra-structure of paths for walking and leisure pursuits.

The regeneration of the Park was tackled in various phases:–

  • Phase One – The Playpark,  Phase Two – Drainage, Running Track, Paths, Raised Seating, Car Park, Bins.
  • Phase Three – Out Door Adult Gym.

Christmas Street Lights

It was decided in 2002 that Forth should have its own Christmas Lights to brighten up the village on 24th November 2002 these lights were first switched on.
The money had been raised by collections in the Forth and surrounding Villages.
Over £11,000 was raised in total , this purchased the lights and will keep them maintained for a good number of years.
Ten new lights were added in 2022 our 20th Anniversary year as these needed to be replaced.Cloburn Quarry very kindly donated the money so we could purchase the ten lights and we are enormously grateful to them

  • Forth and District Initative group organise this project to light up the village
  • Also there was the opportunity to sponsor a light on the Christmas tree and the money raised goes to the St Andrews Hospice
  • " Light up a life appeal"
    The Forth festive lights were switched on this year by Mrs Isa Gardiner
        She switched on the lights on Sunday November 29th 2023.

2002Mr&Mrs D Thomson
2003Mr&Mrs J Beveridge
2004David Nimmo
2005L  L. Gilbert Cox
2006Dr John&M  Hacking
2007Mary Stevenson
2008Mrs McManus&Katie
2009Rev Susan Cowell
2010Mrs Lily Paton
2011 Mr&Mrs G Alexander
2012Mr Lance Blair2013Rena Whyte
2014Jim Paton
2015Peter McCallum
2016Betty Smellie
2017Jean Thomson
2018Celia McGovern
2019Ian Thomson
2020No Ceremony2021Mary Gemmell
2022Anne Carruthers
2023Mrs Isa Gardiner2024


It was decided in 2009 to have gateways constructed at the three main entrances to the village of Forth and after many delays the Forth village Gateways finally got underway in August 2012.  These are sited at:

  • Muirlaun, situated at the East end of the village
  • Longdales, at the West end of the village is the largest of the three. 
    The bronze plaque shows the names of the hills on the horizon.
    It also has a seat for those who wish to sit and enjoy the view
  • Climpy Road, has a sculpture of a mine wheel, to commemorate the mining history of Forth.

Forth Wildflower Rich Grassland Meadow

We developed a wildflower meadow area within the village. This was a pilot scheme in conjunction with South Lanarkshire Council. A area rich in wild orchids and cuckooflowers had been selected and seeds were planted in the Polytunnel for planting out .

The area also has a well-established wetlands and reed bed.  It supports a wide variety of species and educational programs with the objectives as follows:

  • Plant diversity attracts insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals
  • Flowering species add a changing palate of colour to the urban environment throughout the seasons
  • Active involvement of the local community in managing the site encourages ownership values to be fostered – activities may range from mowing to the collection of seeds for use at a new location or for sale.
  • Opportunities for education and recreation abound (ranging from nature studies to art lessons).

Forth Eco Tunnel Relocation

 In 2012 we started rebuilding our ECO site including the poly tunnel and raised beds. These were built on the new site at Hailstone Green Park and  replaced the old primary school site that is now part of the new school rebuild. This is planned to be ready for early 2013 and is larger than our old site. More raised beds will be made available and allow the work for our summer flower tubs and hanging baskets, the schools ECO projects and the poly dollies gardening works. The new site consists of everything on the old site and an additional office/ room space to act as shelter for inclement weather, and a cup of tea if needed! We would like to thank all the funders who provided us with the monies to complete this project, the support of all in Forth who have been inconvenienced by the construction works and the patience of our ECO site users who have been without their facility.

  • We are also keen to attract new volunteers to assist at the polytunnnel – if you are interested in doing
    so, please contact us via our contact page. All work at the site is voluntary. We look forward to seeing you.

  • Hanging Baskets and Tubs
  • 2012 saw Forth and District Intitative Group members arrange for 76 hanging baskets to be on display throughout Forth for the summer months. New hanging baskets and barrels where purchased in recent years and the village now has 56 hanging baskets and 37 barrels which brighten up the streets during the summer, in addition to permanent planters on Climpy Road and Sunnybrae.

  • Totem Poles
  • In 2016 the Forth and District Intitative Group in conjunction with South lanarkshire Council worked to develop the cross gardens with volunteer carved totem poles now a feature, the carvings represent the villages past.
  • Gateways Update
    Since the introduction of the gateways in 2012 the Muirlaun and Longdales ones have been planted out with flowers, in 2023 the gateways into the village were all given a lick of paint and a tidy up as they were beginning to show signs of their age and a pot of flowers were added to the one at Climpy Road.


Latest News

Forth Eco Site Open
The Forth Eco SIte (behind Hailstonegreen at the side of the park) is now open for the 2024 Season.
The public opening times are Tuesday & Wednesday 10am - 1pm.Everyone welcome to come and have a look around. If you are interested in volunteering locally please drop in.

The Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday the 22nd February. It was well attended and three new members joined the committee.

Beautiful Scotland Awards

We won Silver Gilt and we were also awarded the RHS Discretionary judges award for Overcoming Adversity,Thank you Keep Scotland Beautiful for a fantastic evening and well done to everyone on their awards,a very big Thanks to all those who assisted in any way

Christmas Lights

The switch on took place on Sunday 29th November 2023, at 4.30pm and was carried out by Mrs Isa Gardiner.Ten new lights were added in 2022, our 20th Anniversary year as these needed to be replaced.
Cloburn Quarry very kindly donated the money so we could purchase the ten lights and we are enormously grateful to them.


We work with residents of all ages for the benefit of our community.The group have a wider remit which includes restoration of our parks and regeneration of our village, participating in Beautiful Scotland and other award schemes.
If you have some spare time & could help with weeding at the eco site or around the village, planting our barrels & hanging baskets in the summer or if you could water the ones near where you live, please get in touch.

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