Park is brought to life

Plan for Dunnikier Park's nature garden
Plan for Dunnikier Park's nature garden
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DUNNIKIER Park is to be transformed into an oasis for nature, Fife Council has revealed.

The authority’s parks and countryside staff have been working hard over the past few months developing plans for the local attraction.

One of the highlights of the project will be a series of linked ponds, which will attract frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies and all manner of creatures.

There will be wildflower meadows planted to provide a vital food source for butterflies and bees.

New benches will also be installed as will native fruit trees and an edible hedgerow for the public to graze on.

This innovative project represents a significant investment from Fife Council and will help to address long-standing issues with Dunnikier Park such as the poor drainage.

Scott Clelland, area parks team leader for Kirkcaldy, said: “We have had some very positive meetings with local residents and other interested parties on the future plans for Dunnikier Park.

“Some very imaginative designs have been developed that will encourage visitors to use this important greenspace but also add value to the local biodiversity.

Repairs

“A programme of path repairs and rhododendron removal is currently underway throughout the park.”

The development has been welcomed by Councillor Neil Crooks, chair of the Kirkcaldy area committee, who said the plans will bring life to the park which he admits needs to better complement the town park experience led by Beveridge Park and Ravenscraig Park.

“Scott’s team is working with local groups and local people to develop something special,” he said.

Ponds

“I recall as a youngster visiting ponds in the woodland which were populated by frogs and newts, so to bring that biodiversity back to the area is a brilliant development.”

The project will involve pupils from Kirkcaldy High School and staff from Greener Kirkcaldy, an environmental community group.

As the project gets underway, Fife Council would like to get local people involved in monitoring what plants and animals colonise the newly created ponds and meadows.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please phone parks and countryside on 08451 55 11 66.