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The Story So Far

We've been on the go since 2003.

The Helix has been around since 2003, borne from an idea to create a local greenspace that connects and engages with its local communities. We'd like to think that we've come a long way since then, and made some great achievements in that time. Take a look at some of our achievements below.

What has The Helix achieved so far?

  • The Kelpies, two 30 metre high stainless steel monuments that form the vanguard of The Helix and the Forth and Clyde Canal
  • A kilometre of new canal with towpaths, creating a safe new connection to Grangemouth
  • 27 kilometres of shared access, high quality pathways connecting 16 communities
  • A new lagoon in Helix Park
  • A new splash play area 
  • Adventure Play Zone and Splash Play area
  • The new Plaza CafĂ©
  • Sustainable LED lighting for at least 14 kilometres of these new pathways
  • Two new toucan road crossings and a new road underbridge
  • A new wetland boardwalk
  • A new group of Nordic Walkers, bringing a new health activity to the area
  • Over 120 trained Nordic Walkers & over 30 trained walk leaders
  • Multiple community projects, including a new beekeeping society (Helix Beekeepers), Meet The Species events, The Abbotshaugh Sentinel project
  • 25 direct training places in woodland management hundreds of ongoing volunteer opportunities
  • Several high level events, including a Bike Week Party, Helix Day 2013 and HOME.
  • A canal tunnel under the M9 motorway
  • Two new pieces of public art and the refurbishment of two existing pieces
  • Multiple jobs and contracts for local and national companies during construction
  • Jobs for the local community, with more to follow
  • The development of a 16-mile cycle route connecting The Helix, The Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.