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Glenrothes community garden space gets go ahead

Clive Allan, Projects Officer, Community Payback; Craig Hutton, supervisor, Community Payback; Ian Bell (client working on the project); Pamela Kirkum Head Teacher, Haley Clark and Jennifer Campbell, staff at John Fergus school.

Clive Allan, Projects Officer, Community Payback; Craig Hutton, supervisor, Community Payback; Ian Bell (client working on the project); Pamela Kirkum Head Teacher, Haley Clark and Jennifer Campbell, staff at John Fergus school.

 

Councillors have approved funding for the construction of a new community garden space which will benefit Glenrothes schools and residents.

£9800 has been committed towards the £34,500 project to create the community outdoor learning space at Erskine Place.

John Fergus School made the application for funding to trigger the development of vacant land into a garden area that would include fitness equipment, wild flower meadow, circular path and tree planting.

The design would also incorporate access enabling those with mobility difficulties to also use all aspects of the completed space.

A number of local schools including Warout Primary, John Fergus School and Ladybird Nursery would have access to the area in a bid to encourage physical activity amongst the children.

Residents will also be able to enjoy the space with the project aiming to promote social interaction for all age groups.

Mary Siskou overseeing the project for Fife Council, said the project is designed to inspire increased physical activity and recreation in one of the town’s least affluent communities.

She added: “It’s a wonderful project and one that will have a lasting positive impact on the local area.

“It will be for use of everyone in the local community and will be maintained by Fife Council once completed.”

Mary also confirmed that once completed the garden space would fall under the maintanence programme of Fife Council’s parks divison ensuring a lasting facility that will kept up to standard long after it has been handed over the the schools and the locla community.

Pam Kirkham from John Fergus School was delighted when the Gazette broke the news of the funding success.

“To get this endorsement and support will help massively with our application to the national lottery for other funding,” explained Pam.

“Having the funds in place will now allow the footpath, which at £6300 is the dearest aspect of the project, to be put in place allowing us to add to the feature as further funding is secured.

“The children are already very excited about the project, they can’t wait!”

The total size of the finished garden space will be 2502 sq.mtrs.

A circular path is the first aspect of the design to be implemented , the funding has now allowed for this to be started.

The space will allow youngsters from each of the three schools to plant their own vegetables and fruit as part of a healthy eating initiative.

The area will be bordered by a specially planted holly hedge and will be available for use by both the schools and the local community.

 

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