Bow Butts Park, Community Ownership

by Crail Community Partnership in Crail, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th October 2020 we successfully raised £4,666 ( + est. £586.50 Gift Aid ) with 61 supporters in 30 days

We want Bow Butts Park to be owned by the Crail community so that the community can control how the land is used and how it is enhanced.

by Crail Community Partnership in Crail, Scotland, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any money raised over our initial target of £3,000 will go towards more planting, a bench (or 2), and equipment to maintain the areas in the Wild Crail Green Network.


Why are we crowdfunding?

Crail Community Partnership has successfully applied for asset transfer of Bow Butts Park, but we need funds to help us complete the legal transfer process. We would also like to raise funds to carry out planting, that will enhance this green space for wildlife.

Please help us complete this transaction. Community ownership means Crail can determine how this land is used in the future.  

Driven by the community

The Crail Charrette was triggered by the news that Crail is to have up to 320 houses built in Crail North. During the Crail Charrette carried out in 2018-19, large scale support for environmental enhancement was identified, both during informal community drop-ins and formal community meetings involving over 500 stakeholders. For example, in a survey with representative participation from all ages and community groups the overall “winner” in terms of what we should be doing to develop our community was:

  • More woodland areas
  • More wildlife areas


Connecting people with nature

The Crail Local Place Plan was created out of the charrette and it specifically asks for a green corridor that runs through Crail into the Crail North development. Bow Butts Park can be the link to the green corridor in Crail North. Bow Butts will also be an integral part of the Wild Crail Paths Network, and will bring increased biodiversity, recreational space, and an opportunity for enhanced environmental education.

Crail Community Partnership was set up in 2019 to implement the Crail Local Place Plan and was set up as a community anchor organisation representative of many of Crail's groups and organisations.

It is important that as a community we should try to influence or control how our local environment develops, for our own sense of wellbeing in Crail and to develop a more natural green environment. 

How you can help to make this happen

This crowdfunder allows you to either make a direct donation, or to pledge on one of our brilliant rewards.

Our rewards range from an exclusive opportunity to sponsor the Bow Butts project, to a printed wild bird photograph by local photographer John Anderson, to a wonderful Dawn Chorus Walk with wildlife specialist Will Cresswell (who features in our video above).

And there are trees, seeds and 'thank yous' a plenty.

So please take a look and pledge on your favourite thing.

Here's a beautiful example of John Anderson's work:


The wildflower seeds will be a mixture of these flowers:


We very much hope to raise enough to ensure Bow Butts Park can become a wonderful area for nature to thrive, and benefit the Crail community for years to come. Thank you for taking the time to read this page - we would really appreciate your support both financially, and in helping to spread the word about this crowdfunder.

You can find out more about our plans for the Wild Crail Walks Network for Crail at Wild Crail Walks Network

(If you would prefer not to use this website to donate but would like to make a donation to this project, please email [email protected] or contact David Jerdan or Dennis Gowans.)

Coming shortly. Further crowdfunding initiatives are needed to complete the transfer of The Pinkerton Triangle and South Kilminning.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sponsor Bow Butts Park, Community Ownership

A one-time-only chance to sponsor the Bow Butts Park project and be credited with your name on a plaque installed on the land. This is a great opportunity for local enterprises to show their commitment to environmental change and support their local community at the same time. You will also receive a letter of thanks from Crail Community Partnership, a shout out on their social media, and a mention in the Crail Matters newsletter.

£10 or more

A Bow Butts Park thank you letter

We would like to send you a letter to thank you for your donation and will commit to keeping you up to date on other developments in Bow Butts Park and in the Wild Crail Walks Network.

£20 or more

2 of 100 claimed

A packet of wildflower seeds for your garden

We will supply you a Thank You packet of wild flower seeds to cover your own special (2m by 2m) space in your garden. Choice of 4 flowers to select from.

£20 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Provide wild flower seed for sowing in Bow Butts

With your donation we will buy sufficient mixed wild flower seed to sow a 2m by 2m section of Bow Butts Park.

£30 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Exclusive high quality wild bird photograph

We will provide you with a high quality wild bird photograph from the collection of our own special Bow Butts photographer John Anderson.

£50 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Plant a section of hedge

We will plant a 5 metre section of hedge in Bow Butts Park for you. As times goes by that hedge will host more and more nesting birds that will sing the Dawn Chorus for you.

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Dawn Chorus walk with Will Cresswell

Enjoy the Dawn Chorus or a walk through Wild Crail Walks Network with our own wildlife specialist Will Cresswell. Learn to identify the singers in the Dawn Chorus or recognise those rapid foragers by your favourite path.

£250 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A Tree For Life in Bow Butts Park

Part of the plan for Bow Butts Park is to plant two specially chosen strong standard trees (e.g. oak similar) in two prominent locations. Be that special person that helps us provide these features and we will provide a certificate as a keepsake for your family.

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