A garden in the park for everyone

Elly Kinross - growing facilitator with the Fife Diet
Elly Kinross - growing facilitator with the Fife Diet

GREEN-fingered Langtonians are being invited to get involved in a new food and wildlife garden project in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy.

The initiative has been developed by the Burntisland-based Fife Diet working with Fife Council and the Beveridge Park Development Group.

The vision for The Kaleyard project is to create a community space for workshops, events and regular vegetable, flower and plant growing activities to inspire local people using the town park.

Cultivate

Plans for the food and wildlife garden - to be located behind the boating lake near the western boundary of Beveridge Park - include space for: nature, wild flower and orchard areas; polytunnels, six big open growing plots which will be used to cultivate vegetables such as peas, beans, potatoes, onions, parsnips and cabbages; fruit bushes, insect and bird boxes, pots and tubs as well as a junior area for children gardening.

Elly Kinross, growing facilitator with the Fife Diet, told the Press a community lunch was held at the recent Beveridge Park Festival to raise awareness of the new venture.

She said: “The idea for this project is to offer people a different food-growing experience than a traditional allotment.

“People who like the idea of growing food but aren’t sure about what to do can get involved in this without having to make a commitment to a plot.

“This project will give them the experience of food growing and planting.

Families

“We imagine creating a garden that will be an extension of the public park where people will be welcome to take part in activities on a regular basis, or just visit when they are coming to the park with their families.

“We also hope groups in the community will visit the Kaleyard to share knowledge, experiences and work together to grow and share food.

“We are looking forward to having plant sales, community lunches, workshops and regular volunteer days once the scheme gets off the ground.”

Elly said there are also plans to involve youngsters by launching a gardening club next spring.

It will not only give them the experience of planting and growing food, but they will also take part in crafts, games and story-telling.

“Children do not always have the opportunity to experience a vegetable garden or areas where they can interact with wildlife.

“We hope through interactive elements in the garden children who visit the park can have that experience.”

Elly added they are hoping to have the garden up and running by next summer.

If anyone would like to be involved or kept up to date with developments they can contact elly@fifediet.co.uk.