THIS year looks like being a very busy time for Craigencalt Rural Community Trust as it prepares to celebrate its first anniversary.
After spending time planning, fundraising and securing grants to carry out some of the urgent work it wanted done, 2013 will see some important projects coming to fruition.
And that means lots of hands-on work to build new paths, clear existing ones - and even create a children’s adventure play area complete with a troll under a bridge, in and around Kinghorn.
Ron Edwards, former Fife councillor, who is chairman of the Trust, and his wife Marilyn, assistant secretary, are both looking forward to an action packed 12 month.
Craigencalt Rural Community Trust was formed by people in Kinghorn who wanted to promote the loch and surrounding area in a sustainable manner.
Its aim is to improve the physical environment and attract watersports and recreational visitors through information and educational events and interpretation.
A core group of volunteers from the local community is supported by the Friends of Craigencalt Rural Community Trust, with around 160 members in total, and two associated committees – Kinghorn Loch Users’ Group (KLUG) and Kinghorn Pathways.
One of the main priorities for the Trust this year will be clearing and improving Burnside Path from Kinghorn to Kinghorn Loch which always becomes badly overgrown in the summer months, and funding is in place to put in a hard whin surface to make it more manageable in future.
CRCT, through its Kinghorn Pathways committee, is also taking forward the improvement of the Rodanbraes Pathway, working alongside the landowner Rio Tinto Alcan.
Not only will parking be provided for a disabled minibus, but the trust is working on making the whole path, despite being quite steep, fully disabled accessible.
A children’s adventure area is planned – complete with a troll under the bridge, along with interpretation panels, a shelter, picnic area and a grassy bank with great views for sitting on.
Work is also due to start at Binnend Path from Kinghorn up to the top of the Binn hill, with a viewpoint on the path, which is regularly used by walkers, being done up with help from Alcan.
“We want to do up this popular stopping point, with picnic tables and and an information board and leaflets installed to let people know about the area, its wildlife and what to look out for on their travels,” explained Ron. “We are waiting to hear back from several funding bodies for grants which should be announced next month, and then we can really get on with the work which needs to be done.”
Marilyn added: “The Trust is very much led by what local people would like to see happen and then finding the money to do the work.
“We have been working alongside Burntisland and Kinghorn Rotary Club which organises the school walks, and we will be building two information kiosks at the loch and Binnend with maps of the pathways around Kinghorn as well as leaflets and cards they can take with them on their walks.”