Our interpretation project is all about sharing the amazing stories of wildlife and history from across the Garnock Connections landscape. The first step in this project will be to reach out to the communities of the area. We want to know all about the sights, sounds, and places within the Garnock Connections landscape that matter to you. Where do you like to walk in the landscape? What wildlife do you enjoy seeing around? Whose stories mean the most to you? A series of consultation events and an expanding heritage archive mean that we’ll be listening to the views of local communities throughout the project.
So far, we have been working with Icecream Architecture to develop a digital archive and heritage trails app, titled Places That We Know. Both are already full of information about the local landscape, along with some local favourite walking and cycling trails. And if your favourite story or trail isn't there, you can simply add it and share with the world. You can access the Places That We Know website via the "Useful links" section at the bottom of the page.
We’ll also be running a series of events celebrating the unique mix of natural and cultural heritage that makes the Garnock Connections area so special.
Did you know?
The Nobel dynamite factory at Ardeer was once the largest explosives factory in the world. In its heyday it employed 13,000 people and had its own bank, travel agent, and dentist.
The photograph shows workers arriving at the factory being searched for matches (© North Ayrshire Libraries)