Our towns are top of the flowerpots in awards

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy; Gordon Jackson,  lead operative in the parks department; and  Scott Clelland, area parks manager with Fife Council
Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy; Gordon Jackson, lead operative in the parks department; and Scott Clelland, area parks manager with Fife Council

Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn have scooped gold, Burntisland silver gilt and Cardenden silver in the Beautiful Fife Awards.

And a special Horticultural Achievement Award was presented to the Lang Toun’s picturesque War Memorial Gardens.

Kirkcaldy was also voted top of the flowerpots, winning the best Large Town category, while Aberdour took gold in the best Coastal Village category, and Kinghorn was winner of the Community Involvement section.

The annual Beautiful Fife 2014 awards ceremony was held in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, last week, when 59 communities were praised for participating in this year’s campaign and each was awarded a certificate by Depute Provost, Kay Morrison.

She said: “It’s great being able to celebrate all the hard work of the local communities. Special congratulations to all the category winners for their imagination and horticultural skills.

“Fife’s the real winner when our communities pull together to improve their local environments.”

The communities were judged at the end of July and were assessed on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement. The overall category winners for 2014 are:

Wee Village - Kilconquhar; Small Village - Kingseat; Large Village - Newburgh; Coastal Village - Aberdour; Coastal Town - St Andrews; Small Town - Leslie; Medium Town - Cupar; Large Town - Kirkcaldy.

Keith Jackson, Fife Council’s parks and community events officer said: “It’s great to see the number of communities taking part in this campaign increase. The people of Fife appreciate their enthusiasm and efforts and I am sure all the success from tonight will inspire many more communities to get involved.”

Scott Clelland, parks team manager with Fife Council, added: “Fife Council will continue to support anyone who has a willingness and motivation to improve their local environment. We are very proud of the work we do and it is rewarding to have it recognised in the special award for the War Memorial Gardens.”

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, which coordinates horticultural projects in the town, said: “This is a great accolade for the many people involved in the town’s parks and gardens.”

Pam Henderson, treasurer of Kinghorn in Bloom, said: “We are absolutely delighted to get gold again, as well as an award for community involvement. It shows the knock-on effect to the work that Kinghorn in Bloom does that is being echoed in the community.”