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Funding allows community groups to transform areas in Kinghorn and Gallatown

Alison Greggans (Volunteer Operations Co-ordinator) on the site at the east side of Kinghorn Loch where the new building work is to take place

Alison Greggans (Volunteer Operations Co-ordinator) on the site at the east side of Kinghorn Loch where the new building work is to take place

 

Two community groups in Fife have been awarded funding to help them transform urban spaces and gardens in their area.

The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn and Gallatown Gala and Community Group in Kirkcaldy will get support from the Royal Botanic Gardens as part of its ‘Let’s Grow Wild’ campaign.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, it has awarded £41,000 to community projects across Scotland to help turn unloved areas into homes for wildlife.

The Ecology Centre’s ‘A Loo with a View’ project at Kinghorn Loch has been given £4494 to turn a new composting toilet into an unusual talking point.

A carpet of wild flowers flowing from the toilet window that sweeps down towards the shore will be created, which will be replaced by 3D mosaic sculptures of local wild flowers in the colder months.

Jo Hobbett, from the centre, said. “It’s great we have received funding.

‘‘It was the volunteers’ idea to turn the toilet into a feature of the site and to turn something ordinary into something special.”

Gallatown Gala and Community Group will receive £1438 for its project,‘We’ll Nourish the Trees and Cherish the Bees’.

A patch of semi-derelict land behind local housing will become a community orchard and small wildlife garden.

Residents in the area want the site to be somewhere people can meet and work together .

Margaret Allan, group volunteer said: “We are hoping this will bring all the community together and we’ve already has some interest from people looking to be involved. We look forward to seeing the area being transformed.”

 

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