Blooming marvellous effort from Kirkcaldy!

Alice Soper (left) and Judith Kerr receive their certificate from John Wheatley of the RHS. Pic by Ian McLelland
Alice Soper (left) and Judith Kerr receive their certificate from John Wheatley of the RHS. Pic by Ian McLelland
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Judges have awarded Kirkcaldy a silver gilt award at its first attempt in the cream of the crop Britain in Bloom competition.

And Growing Kirkcaldy, the umbrella organisation which co-ordinated and did a lot of the spadework in the town’s effort, says it is delighted with the result which it credited to a host of organisations in and around the town.

The Britain in Bloom judging at the Town Square

The Britain in Bloom judging at the Town Square

Following a nail-biting evening at the awards ceremony in Sunderland on Friday which was attended by around 400 people representing villages, towns and cities from all over Britain, members of Growing Kirkcaldy, including Alice Soper, chairman, and Judith Kerr, secretary announced the town’s success.

Judith said: “We are really chuffed and it is a great result for our first attempt. We hope everyone in our community also feels chuffed.

“A lot of hard work and effort from a lot of the town’s schools, groups and voluntary organisations as well as Fife Council’s parks and open spaces team went into this, and they should all be very proud of what they have achieved.

We have received a flag which we hope to have flying over the town soon.”

Kirkcaldy was up against Grimsby, Bury, Colchester, Weston Super Mare and Derry City in the small city category, with Bury the only one to be awarded a gold and be crowned the overall winner of the group.

Judith explained: “Each entrant is awarded points in various sections of the award and these are totalled up to decide what level of award will be given, although we are not privvy to that information.

“In the three years since Growing Kirkcaldy came into being we have won two silver gilts and and a gold in the Beautiful Scotland awards and now a silver gilt in Britain in Bloom, which is not bad going.

“We are all very pleased with the result and this gives us something to work towards for next year.”

Growing Kirkcaldy has already started planning its winter bulb planting for next year and is urging anyone who would like to get involved or who can help identify areas of the town in need of attention to contact Judith on (01592) 203161 or email her at: judk43@aol.com