Schools join Kirkcaldy’s fight for golden glory

Schools' representatives from left, Mark Dunsire of KHS, Shannon Wright-Davis of St Andrews High, Chris Duffy (KHS) and Nicola Darling (St Andrews) are pictured with Alice Soper and Judith Kerr from Growing Kirkcaldy.
Schools' representatives from left, Mark Dunsire of KHS, Shannon Wright-Davis of St Andrews High, Chris Duffy (KHS) and Nicola Darling (St Andrews) are pictured with Alice Soper and Judith Kerr from Growing Kirkcaldy.
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Kirkcaldy’s schools are getting on board the Britain in Bloom bandwagon.

All four of the the town’s secondary schools and a large number of local primary schools have expressed their willingness to get involved in the campaign to make Kirkcaldy top of the flower pots in the prestigious horticultural competition.

Kirkcaldy has been put forward as one of the submissions for Britain in Bloom after scooping gold in the Beautiful Scotland competition last year.

The entry will be co-ordinated by Growing Kirkcaldy, the umbrella organisation which was set up to work alongside Fife Council and the town’s numerous organisations, businesses and individuals which contribute to improving its appearance.

Members of Growing Kirkcaldy met with the four secondary school rectors who were “very supportive” of the project.

A group called GK Juniors which has representatives from all four schools has been formed which, over the next month will be targeting litter around schools, particularly on the streets used by pupils at lunchtimes.

Each school will focus on trying to prevent littering or clearing up areas around their school.

Kirkcaldy Rotary Club has given 20 yellow jackets to each of the schools so they can go out safely in groups to clear litter.

Environmental services will look at the streets now and after the schools have become more involved and let the committee know which areas have improved.

All of Kirkcaldy’s primary schools have received a ladybird kit with teaching resources, a sample kit to build a ladybird house and seeds to grow plants which attract ladybirds.

Judith Kerr, secretary of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “All schools were very supportive, so hopefully all over the town we will be providing good habitats for our ladybirds. The high schools have also really come on board by organising litter teams and giving their commitment to improving the streets around their schools.

“With this support we are getting a good start to our Britain in Bloom campaign and we’re looking forward to doing lots more.”