geoHeritage Fife is a registered charity (SC032509) and a fully-constituted society which was set up in 2000. It currently has 38 members who participate in field excursions, suggest new itineraries and “test-walk” new trail leaflets. Its Chairman is Richard Batchelor, currently Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews.

geoHeritage Fife aims to publicise Fife’s geological heritage, to provide educational resources in geology and to promote geotourism in Fife. It also has a duty to inform the local planning authority on new geologically-important sites. Contentious planning applications are referred to the group for assessment.

To date, geoHeritage Fife has produced twelve leaflets which explain aspects of Fife’s geology, has built a geological wall in St. Andrews (comprising rocks representative of Fife’s geology), a stone cairn in Ladybank, recreated a Jurassic Garden in St. Andrews and has erected plaques to two famous geologists (Matthew Heddle and Charles Lapworth) in St. Andrews. It also organises excursions to explore Fife’s geodiversity. In 2009, it commissioned grants worth £7700 to produce a plaster cast of a giant fossil arthropod trackway discovered in Fife that was considered at risk from erosion and vandalism. Part of the cast is now on display in MUSA. In 2010, it organised a photographic competition that encouraged the public to observe Fife’s geological heritage artistically through the camera lens, which elicited 150 responses. A leaflet on the “Building Stones of St Andrews” is in draft form.

In late-2012, geoHeritage Fife joined a consortium of local groups and charities in Fife, called the “Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership” (LLLP) which bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a 3-year multidisciplinary project to explore the natural, cultural and built environment of the Lomond Hills area of Fife. The bid was successful and £1.7M was awarded to the consortium in August 2013, led by Fife Coast & Countryside Trust. geoHeritage Fife’s share of this grant was £11.5k and match funding was raised. Four trail leaflets describing the geological features of East Lomond, West Lomond, Bishop Hill and the Building Stones of Falkland village were produced.

The group has been financially supported over the years by Fife Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Curry Fund, The Royal Society, Scottish Enterprise Fife, The Skene Group, Kinburn (St Andrews) Charitable Trust, Edinburgh Geological Society and by membership subscriptions and donations.

 

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