New garden set to take shape at Bennochy Church

One of the new benches with, back from left: Donald Matthew, Cllr Stuart Macphail, Bobby Dewar, Phil Reeves. Front: Sybil McGrow, Grace Dewar, Marlo Watson and Ronnie McNeil.
One of the new benches with, back from left: Donald Matthew, Cllr Stuart Macphail, Bobby Dewar, Phil Reeves. Front: Sybil McGrow, Grace Dewar, Marlo Watson and Ronnie McNeil.
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Plans are afoot to create a colourful new community garden at a Kirkcaldy church, and the congregation and local community are being asked what they would like to see in it.

The vision for the ground around Bennochy Church is to create a garden to grow vegetables for people living in the area to pick and eat.

And the produce would also help provide fresh vegetables and fruit for the popular weekly Olive Branch Café run by the church.

The community garden plans are about to be drawn up, and people from the community will have an opportunity to add their ideas on Saturday from 2–4pm, when the church hosts its annual Fun and Find Out Day at its Elgin Street premises.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the church’s Community Choir.

There will also be fun and games for youngsters from Magic Jim, facepainting, demonstrations of Thai Chi and quilting tasters.

There will be local interest stalls including Fife Carers, plus traditional games and a treasure hunt.

All events are free and open to all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult.

Louise Turner, Bennochy Church’s new development manager said: “We are hoping that, as well as our congregation members, lots of people from the surrounding area will come along to have some fun and also let us know their ideas for our new garden, which we hope will become an important part of the local community.

“It will be there for everyone to come along, help plant, weed and maintain and then make use of the produce that we grow in it.

“It is an exciting project and I hope that anyone who enjoys gardening or who want to meet new people will come along to find out more at the weekend.”

Two new benches for the public to use have also just been installed outside the church.

Materials for the installation of the benches was donated free by local company Matthew Brothers, which also provided the labour to install them.

One of the benches was donated in memory of former congregation member Effie Cooper by her family.