World Tour of Scotland pt2. Fit for the future Network. Renewable energy sharing. Iconic art and engineering as economic drivers

The Kelipes. or water spirits marking the new leg to the canal. the new Helix park where they are situated was busy. the new visitor centre is being built. I wonder if they could heat it from the canal ala Plas Newydd system. We were there to share... and learn

The kelpies or water spirits mark the new leg to the canal. The new 300Ha Helix Park where they are situated was  very busy. The new visitor centre is being built. I wonder if they could heat it from the canal ala Plas Newydd system. We were there to share… and learn

Paul and myself are now back home having spent two amazing days in Scotland as part of the Fit for the Future Network which the National Trust Wales in combination with Ashden set up. Yesterday and it was the Falkirk area thanks to the Scottish Canals. Our HQ for the day was the world-famous Falkirk Wheel and the afternoon consisted of a visit to the soon to be world-famous Kelpies at Helix Park. The use of iconic huge pieces of engineering and art as economic drivers for the Falkirk area is inspired. Falkirk area reminds me of many post industrial areas in Wales. The visitor numbers, the spin offs,  local confidence, pride to develop other aspects was plain to see

Our base for the day. The 36m boat lifting Falkirk wheel...and yes we had a go! we had a lot to share but i personally learnt a lot from the vision and drive of Scottish canals. Think big if the problems/ opportunities are big!

Our base for the day. The 36m tall boat lifting Falkirk wheel…and yes we had a go! We had a lot to share but i personally learnt a lot from the vision and drive of Scottish Canals. Think big if the problems/ opportunities are big!

We were there to join many Scottish community, government and NGO groups to share, learn and network. This we did in a big way. The main theme of the day was how to bring people (senior managers, community members, partners) along on the energy journey?There was a lot of interest in the detail side of the marine source heat pump. I have a feeling that a few more will be emerging soon.

Thank you so much to Scottish Canals and National Trust for Scotland for being gracious and hospitable hosts and also for sharing their stunning work.

the meeting for the network was buzzing with ideas, sharing and partnership forming! PS having the worlds only rotating boat lift out of the meeting room window added to the bay!

The meeting for the network was buzzing with ideas, sharing and partnership forming! PS having the worlds only rotating boat lift out of the meeting room window added to the day!

the ballroom celing and wall decorations at Mar Lodge yesterday still sticks in my memory. Stunning two days toi get to you primed to get back and do more... much, much more!

The ballroom ceiling and wall decorations at NTS Mar Lodge yesterday still sticks in my memory. (for some strange reason!!) Stunning two days to get to you primed to get back and do more… much, much more!

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