The Leven | Growing with the flow

Growing with the Flow

River Leven Programme

Historically the River Leven catchment was the engine of Mid-Fife sustaining several hundred mills and factories and was home to miners and workers in the manufacturing industries. Since then serious environmental challenges have arisen in the catchment with multiple pressures and environmental impacts including barriers to fish migration, water quality issues and physical modifications to the rivers.


Our vision is that in 2030 the Leven catchment will be a living, breathing example of inclusive growth, achieving the environmental improvements whilst maximising social and economic opportunities.

The Leven Programme Partnership has signed a landmark Sustainable Growth Agreement with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency that locks in sustainable, inclusive growth and supports the delivery or our key objectives.

Through strong partnership working the Leven catchment can be transformed into a world-leading example. Find out more about the Sustainable Growth Agreement from SEPA’s media centre.

In April 2019, Iglu Studio Ltd, an urban and landscape design practice based in Fife, was commissioned to deliver a masterplan for The Leven Programme. The Visioning and integrated masterplan report was developed as the first stage in this process. It identifies broader opportunities at the catchment scale, a deeper analysis of issues along the River Leven and specific design principles for the Connectivity Project.