Growing support for Growing Kirkcaldy

The Scottish orchid logo

The Scottish orchid logo

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HARD graft is paying off for the group attempting to win a major horticultural award for Kirkcaldy.

Growing Kirkcaldy, the organisation which is putting together a bid to try to win gold for the town in the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom Awards this summer, has been inundated with support from organisations, schools, community and environmental groups keen to be involved in the attempt.

And a draft route has been drawn up which will take the judges around some of the town’s noteable and blossoming garden projects including Beveridge Park, the War Memorial Gardens, Ravenscraig allotments, Rabbit Braes and many more “green” sites, including a local primary school which has achieved success with its eco garden.

Growing Kirkcaldy has also adopted a logo of the Scottish Orchid which will represent the group in all its publicity material and correspondence.

At a recent meeting of Growing Kirkcaldy, members agreed that the route, which will take judges three hours in total to get around, would run from Strathallan Primary School, where pupils will make a presentation on their eco garden to judges who will then be driven around the town, taking in various projects such as the Cottage Family Centre’s Dad’s Project which has seen a group of unemployed dads transform an area of waste ground into a thriving garden and play area.

Other initiatives which will be highlighted will include an area inside the town’s Ravenscraig Park which has been transformed into allotments, the High Street where planters and hanging baskets have enhanced the environment, and St Clair Street where traders have all contributed to improving the appearance of the area.

Scott Clelland, parks team leader with Fife Council, who is on the committee, said: “It is amazing just the amount of work which is going on in the town at the moment - and this is all about taking the good that is being done and spreading it out to other areas of Kirkcaldy.

“The fundamental thing is that it is the Council working along with lots of community groups to strengthen what Kirkcaldy has and how it is presented to the public.”

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, added: “What this shows is the fact that there are a lot of people who care about this town and share this common interest and purpose and are prepared to do something about it.”