Restoring the Back Burn


Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on plans to restore a section of one of central Fife’s most important watercourses.

As part of the wider Leven Programme, Fife Council is working in close partnership with SEPA’s Water Environment Fund to deliver improvements to the Back Burn – specifically a 5.8km stretch between Rhind Hill in the Lomond Hills and Newton, just north of Markinch.

The Back Burn, which is also locally known as the Conland, Coul and Balbirnie Burn, has played an important role in local industries and parks and greenspaces over the years, but historic modifications have impacted on the way it functions.

However, a series of options and designs have been developed that aim to restore the river for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

Project partners are now looking to share these proposals with the local community and gather as much feedback as possible.

Final Report

Public Events


The project area is quite large, but the most significant improvements are proposed within Coul Den Nature Reserve and Balbirnie Park.

Two drop-in events have been arranged near both locations so people can find out more about the plans in person and speak to the project teams.

  • Coul Den Nature Reserve  
    Friday 3rd November - 3pm-5pm

    Come and find out more about proposals to restore a section of the Back Burn and share your thoughts with us.  FREE fun activities for the kids
  • Balbirnie Park
    Monday 6th November 1pm-3pm

    Come along, share your ideas and find out how you can get involved. FREE fun activities for the kids

Opens: November 2nd, 2023

Closes: November 27th, 2023



The restoration of the Back Burn is part of a wider improvement of the River Leven. For more information visit


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