Vandals won’t deter town park volunteers

Pam Hortin, with the other Friends members
Pam Hortin, with the other Friends members

Volunteers have vowed to continue with their improvement work at a local beauty spot, despite vandals having wrecked their efforts twice in recent months.

There was widespread public outrage in June after vandals wrecked a specially created wildlife garden in Riverside Park, not once, but twice.

The second such attack came just two days after volunteers had rapaired the original damage.

Undeterred by the mindless damage and urged to carry on by many of the regular park users, this week members of the Friends of Riverside Park group completed work on restoring the area once more and have told the Gazette they won’t let the actions of a few mindless individuals drive them away.

“In spite of a lot of vandalism we have managed to create a lovely spot once again and will continue to defy those few who are intent on spoiling it for everyone else,” said Pam Hortin, group secretary.

She added: “Bird feeders and boxes have been placed in trees, and we are planning a seating area where walkers can sit and enjoy the garden, watch the birds and the squirrel’s antics.

And Pam said the public backing for their efforts had been central to carrying on with the improvements .

“It’s a huge boost to know we have the general public on our side and appreciating the efforts being made to make the park even more special than it already is,” said Pam.

“There is no financial reward for any of us, we do it because of the love for the park and the desire to make it even better in some small way.

“We are very fortunate to have one of the best open spaces anywhere in Fife, the vast majority come to enjoy it, long may that continue.”