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BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY: Kirkcaldy West Community Council members, from left, Avril Moodie, Danny Arnott, Yvonne Whitehill, David Henderson, Ian Ferguson and  Margaret Nisbet with part of the Kirkcaldy West Beautiful Scotland entry.
BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY: Kirkcaldy West Community Council members, from left, Avril Moodie, Danny Arnott, Yvonne Whitehill, David Henderson, Ian Ferguson and Margaret Nisbet with part of the Kirkcaldy West Beautiful Scotland entry.
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A HOST of organisations, groups and businesses in Kirkcaldy West have been working together on floral displays in the town centre which they hope will be good enough to impress the judges of the Beautiful Scotland competition.

A big community effort has helped add colour in and around High Street, with hanging baskets, planters and well-tended flower beds enhancing the town’s appearance.

An example of the flowers at the west end

An example of the flowers at the west end

Kirkcaldy West Community Council, Kirkcaldy4All, Fife Council community services, residents associations in Linktown and Nicol Street, local businesses including Lady Helen Nurseries and Falkland-in-Bloom have all been involved in the project, which has been completed just in time for the Beautiful Scotland judges’ visit on Monday.

David Henderson, chairman of Kirkcaldy West Community Council, said: “We’re promoting the theme ‘Take Pride in Kirkcaldy’ and, thanks to everyone’s efforts, this year’s displays are on a larger scale than previous years.

“Floral cubes have been replaced by ‘beehive’ planters along High Street and round Volunteers Green, and we’ve used the canopy at the Mercat for some extra hanging baskets.”

The community council’s own ‘green’ efforts at the west end of High Street include three planters and post mounted baskets on the traffic island.

But David stressed it was very much a team effort, with all organisations working to enhance the town centre. And, as previous winners for a display in a garden area at the flats, he praised the ladies of Nicol Street who played a key role in this year’s Kirkcaldy West entry to the Beautiful Scotland competition.

Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All, said: “We’re delighted to support this community initiative, and we look forward to welcoming the judges to our town centre.”