The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven

Creative Commons License Text by Bill Kasman, May 2020 ; This work is dedicated to the Public Domain.
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A tour around this interesting walled garden

At just under one acre in extent the walled garden of Silverburn park is about three-quarters formal gardens and one-quarter woodland walk. Silverburn park was previously known as the Silverburn Estate and belonged to the Russell family - a prominent family in the area who co-owned and managed the Tullis-Russell papermaking facility in the Fife town of Markinch. The estate was gifted to the local authority by the family in 1973 and has become a much-valued leisure amenity for the area with extensive woodland walks and access to the long, sandy beaches between Leven and Lundin Links. The walled garden reflects the family's interest in botany and contains specimens of plants which are unusual in Scotland.

The garden (and the park in general) is a haven for wildlife with many species of birds and mammals in abundance. Otters, badgers, deer, birds of prey and seabirds of many species can be found within the park and occasionally within the walled garden itself making it a wonderful place to spend an hour or two. The garden has secluded areas where it is possible to sit quietly and let oneself be approached by a cheeky little robin or sparrow on the lookout for titbits or a grey squirrel wondering what's for lunch.





NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
The main entrance to the walled garden is in the centre of the image. The cottages on the right used to be occupied by estate workers but are now private residences. The building on the left is a former flax mill.
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NO3901 : Entrance to the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
The Walled Garden also has a Sensory Garden within it.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
Inside the walled garden is a small sensory garden.LinkExternal link
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NO3901 : Redwood Tree by Bill Kasman
In the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven. Note the sign at the base of the tree NO3901 : Redwood Tree
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NO3901 : Redwood Tree by Bill Kasman
These signs, handwritten on old roof slates, have become a feature of the Walled Garden in Silverburn Park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Doocoot, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
This pigeon loft in the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven, is in a perilous state with bits falling off it. It has been cordoned off whilst its future is decided.
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NO3901 : Bird feeders by Bill Kasman
In the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Bench seat by Bill Kasman
This bench seat is one of several in the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven. They all have memorial plaques on them. This one is quite new.
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NO3901 : Grey squirrel by Bill Kasman
This eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was in the Walled Garden of Silverburn Park, near Leven, where they are common. The grey squirrel is not a native of the UK but is an introduced species. They carry a disease called 'Squirrel Pox' to which they are immune but which kills the UK's native red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
From inside the garden showing one of the entrances. The building is a former flax mill.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : Spot the squirrel! by Bill Kasman
In the walled garden, Silverburn Park, Leven.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : Maidenhair tree by Bill Kasman
In the walled garden, Silverburn park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Maidenhair tree by Bill Kasman
This information plate has been placed at the base of a tree in the walled garden of Silverburn Park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Purple leaf plum tree by Bill Kasman
In the walled garden, Silverburn park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Purple leaf plum tree by Bill Kasman
In the walled garden, Silverburn park, Leven.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
This gate leads to the cottage gardens adjacent to the walled garden. It doesn't appear to be used much.
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NO3901 : Bench seat by Bill Kasman
The walled garden in Silverburk Park, Leven has several bench seats donated by members of the public. The all have dedication plaques attached commemorating people who enjoyed the garden.
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NO3901 : Cheeky little chappie! by Bill Kasman
This robin (Erithacus rubecula), sat next to me on a bench seat in the walled garden at Silverburn Park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Cheeky little chappie! by Bill Kasman
This robin (Erithacus rubecula), sat next to me on a bench seat in the walled garden at Silverburn Park, Leven. He was quite vocal!
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
The gate is used by maintenance vehicles to access the garden.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : Warning sign by Bill Kasman
In the walled garden in Silverburn park, Leven, the local authority have been doing some maintenance work.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
This gate is used by maintenance vehicles to access the walled garden.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
Some of the trees in the walled garden are quite large!
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : Doocot, Silverburn park by Bill Kasman
This pigeon loft in the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven, is in a perilous state with bits falling off it. It has been cordoned off whilst its future is decided.
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
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NO3901 : The Walled Garden, Silverburn Park by Bill Kasman
One of the gates into the garden.
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NO3901 : Gate into the Walled Garden, Silverburn Park, Leven by Bill Kasman
One of the gates into the garden.
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NO3901 : Gate into the walled garden, Silverburn Park, Leven by Bill Kasman
This gate is used mainly by maintenance vehicles.
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NO3901 : Sign on gate by Bill Kasman
This sign is on one of the entrances to the walled garden in Silverburn Park, Leven.
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NO3901 : Sign on gate by Bill Kasman
This sign is on one of the entrances to the walled garden in Silverburn Park, Leven.
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