With help from the Architectural Heritage Fund, the development phase of the project to restore Silverburn Flax Mill has been successfully completed. Located near Leven on the Fife Coastal Path, the 19th-century, B-listed building will now progress into the next stage of regeneration, and is soon to be returned to its former glory.
Once an estate owned by the Russell family of the Tullis Russell paper-making business, the grounds of Silverburn Park were gifted to Leven Town Council in the 1970s. The Flax Mill, established by the Russells, has had many past lives: from processing Flax to housing soldiers during the Second World War. Most recently, it was a petting zoo that closed in 2002. After Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) took over the derelict Silverburn Park in 2013, however, plans to develop the former industrial Flax Mill into a health and community hub fell into place.