Growing Kirkcaldy is hoping that months of hard work will pay off as it prepares for judgement day in the Beautiful Scotland campaign on Tuesday.
Kirkcaldy will be judged in the 2014 Small City competition, and a team of judges will be travelling around the country to discover which communities have been most successful in improving the attractiveness, cleanliness and sustainability of their town, city or village. Three themes are examined – horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
Winning communities will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in September, with the overall winner receiving the sought after Rosebowl. A selection of the winners are then nominated for entry into the 2015 RHS Britain in Bloom final.
This year there has been a focus of involving local businesses in Kirkcaldy by enabling them to put floral displays at their premises using wheelbarrows or planters.
The initiative complements the work done by groups such as the Rabbit Braes Development group, Ravenscraig Walled Garden, Dunnikier Park development, local schools, and community work such as the gardens at Nicol Street and the Cottage.
Fife Council’s parks department has also worked hard for the town as have charities such as the Scottish Association for Mental Health at the Evergreen Nursery and Greener Kirkcaldy.
A showcase of many of the groups’ work will be on display in Strathallan Primary.
Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “The town is looking great, particularly with the addition of the floral displays outside many of the businesses and shops. Hopefully the judges will like what they see on the day.”