Success for Kirkcaldy & Aberdour in Beautiful Scotland awards

Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA
Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA
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Two local communities have been celebrating after scooping gold in a national horticultural competition.

Kirkcaldy won a gold award and was the winner of the small city category, while Aberdour also won a gold accolade and scooped the titles of best coastal village in Fife and best small coastal village in Scotland.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, with the Beautiful Scotland awards

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, with the Beautiful Scotland awards

Meanwhile, Burntisland won a silver award in the coastal town category.

A number of other Fife communities also achieved success and Fife Council received the coveted Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Award for demonstrating the highest quality of horticultural standards in public open spaces.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “After our delight at achieving a gold award from Beautiful Fife two weeks ago, we were even more thrilled at gaining Beautiful Scotland’s gold award and winner of the small city category.

“The judges’ comments have not yet arrived but we know they were very impressed with the range of projects across Kirkcaldy, as well as the strong collaboration and co-operation they evidenced.

“Growing Kirkcaldy has been awarded these accolades, but it could not have achieved so much without the range of support from several local community groups, schools, businesses, Fife Council and Kirkcaldy4all, to whom we send our grateful thanks.

“From the few hanging baskets produced only a few years ago, there are now over 300 across Kirkcaldy, as well as barrier baskets, wild flower meadows, EATS (Edible and Tasty Spaces) beds, developments at Dunnikier Park and formal bedding areas, none of which could have been possible without the financial support from sources such as Fife Council ward budgets, Kirkcaldy4all and Kirkcaldy West Community Council.”

Pauleen Norman MBE, chairman of Aberdour village in Bloom said: “This year Aberdour has again been recognised in the Beautiful Fife and Beautiful Scotland competitions, being awarded gold status in both and winning best coastal village in Fife and best small coastal village in Scotland in 2014.

‘‘The weather certainly helped the wonderful blooms in planters, troughs and baskets around the village, and this year saw more floral displays than ever before.

‘‘We are indebted to the many volunteers who helped. I would also like to thank our sponsors, funders and other supporters.”