A PROJECT designed to enable people to grow their own food in Beveridge Park has been given a healthy boost with a cash injection of almost £10,000.
The Kaleyard Community Food and Wildlife project, a joint venture between the Beveridge Park Development Group (BPDG) and Fife Diet.
It was awarded a grant of £9977 from Awards for All Scotland for the venture which is to be developed within the walled garden next to Southerton House in the north west corner of the park which until recently was used as a park depot.
Ian Ferguson, chairman, said he was “delighted’’ - but keen to stress that the project couldn’t have happened without the support of Fife Council.
He said: “This is just part of the funding required to get the project fully operational but we are very hopeful of further success.
“In addition to this funding we have received £700 from the Fife Council ward budget towards project development costs and a further £1000 was raised through the Kaleyard ceilidh held earlier this year.
“Fife Council has agreed to allow public access to the site and to provide around £5000 worth of works in kind to help get the garden up and running for this year’s growing season.”
The idea for the Kaleyard garden was initiated by people living around the park.
They were keen to find an area where they could meet and grow their own food and which would also provide children with a safe environment where they could learn about biodiversity and food production.
Elly Kinross, Fife Diet growing facilitator, said: “The Kaleyard garden offers a fabulous venue for hosting children’s gardening clubs, community feasts, workshops and other events throughout the year.
“With an open invitation for anyone interested to come along, make new friends, share the crop and learn about growing and cooking your own food and have fun all for free what more can you ask for?”