A major community-led initiative for wellbeing, enterprise and employment, benefiting the people of Levenmouth and beyond.

The currently derelict B-listed former Flax Mill building will be brought back to life, creating a sustainable and iconic centre piece for Silverburn Park.

Gifted to the people of Leven in the 1970s by the Russell family, who established the Mill and lived at Silverburn, the Flax Mill development will honour the Park’s overall ethos (which is protected by a Conservation Agreement with the National Trust for Scotland) as a place of quiet enjoyment, supporting the health and wellbeing of the community, and respecting the habitat and biodiversity of the environment.

The Flax Mill Project is critical to delivering the overall vision for Silverburn’s regeneration;
Heart, Mind & Soul: Silverburn – to create a unique community space, that works for the community, and that the whole community can be truly proud of.

Project Details:

Leading the project, Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT), an innovative and award-winning mental health organisation which supports people back into work, will repurpose the Flax Mill to create a visitor centre and community hub offering jobs, training, space for retail and creativity, as well as offering shelter and sustenance for walkers and cyclists enjoying Silverburn Park and the Fife Coastal Path.

The multi-million pound renovation will offer:

  • A café and restaurant
  • Arts & crafts studios for local makers and enterprises
  • Shop
  • Fully accessible public toilets with Changing Places facilities
  • Meeting rooms and event spaces
  • Offices for our own staff and charity partners
  • A backpackers hostel with 11 en-suite rooms (since Sept 2020, the Silverburn campsite already offers tent pitches, campervans hook-ups three Eco Pods for glampers)
  • Exhibits will describe what flax and linen production meant to Fife, showcasing the area’s proud industrial heritage (in its 19th-centuary heyday over 200 people were employed here)

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Fife Council and others, and in partnership with Fife Historic Buildings Trust, the Flax Mill project is on track to create local jobs and generate income which will support its upkeep and maintenance of the Park for future generations, as well as help develop and grow FEAT’s life-changing work in Levenmouth and across Fife.

Already well into its development phase, with initial emergency works onsite completed, the project team are now looking ahead to delivering the full Flax Mill vision. The building will be fully operational by 2025, with a dynamic programme of activities for local people to learn new skills, to welcome visitors, and to celebrate this unique and important building, at the heart of the community.

Total outstanding project costs are £7.5M. Some £3M is anticipated from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with significant additional contributions from Fife Council, Historic Environment Scotland and others.

Fundraising is underway to raise the remaining £2,500,000 required.

We are grateful for your support in helping turn these exciting plans into a wonderful reality.

Every little helps; donations from just £5 can make a real difference, eg:

  • £5 - The price of a takeaway coffee and bun! Help enable us build a bigger, better cafe at Silverburn. The Flax Mill café and restaurant will offer delicious refreshments, as well as jobs and training opportunities.

  • £10 - Ten people, each giving £10 per month, will install a bench in the Flax Mill courtyard.
  • £12.50 - 100 people, each giving £10 per month (plus Gift Aid) will renovate one of the Flax Mill’s iconic exterior brickwork arches - there are 46 arches around the exterior walls of the Silverburn Flax Mill each requiring some £15,000 worth of restoration works

  • £15 - Will replace/re-point one brick of the historic Flax Mill building.

  • £100 - Supports upkeep of the Volunteer Veg Garden, offering seasonal fresh produce for healthy meals and for sale from Silverburn direct.

  • £250 - Contributes towards costs of a new children’s play area.

  • £1,000 - Covers the cost of one person’s annual participation in a FEAT programme.

  • £3,000 - Will provide a Public Access Defibrillator at Silverburn Park (we hope to achieve this target ASAP).

  • £10,000 - Contributes towards groundworks and landscaping around the restored Flax Mill.

  • £20,000 - Will provide the Silverburn grounds team with a much-needed electric utility vehicle and trailer (separate fundraising for a Park minibus is planned).

  • £75,000 - Will renovate the Flax Mill’s new Entrance façade: a warm welcome guaranteed!

  • £1,000,000 - Secures the future of this flagship project for Fife.

image credit to Wil Freeborn


Silverburn Park is an initiative of FEAT Trading CIC, a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland, Company No. SC434244.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Fife Employment Access Trust, 6-8 Hanover Court, Glenrothes, KY7 6SB, Charity No: SC022263, lead partner for the Flax Mill Project.
www.fifeemploymentaccesstrust.org.uk      www.silverburnpark.co.uk


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