WITH the judging date and judges confirmed, a last push is on to bring gold to Kirkcaldy in the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom competition.
And shops and businesses around the town are being urged by Growing Kirkcaldy, the group behind the bid, to do their bit to wow the invigilators with colourful floral displays either in their windows or outside their premises.
Schools, plant nurseries, public gardens, community centres, business-sponsored displays, charity premises, shops, community growing spaces, allotments and a whole host of community initiatives and eco schemes will all contribute towards giving the judges an overall picture of the huge variety and scope of the work going on in and around the town.
A selection of the projects will be showcased at Strathallan Primary on August 6, at the end of the tour in which the judges will be taken on a drive around Kirkcaldy stopping at various points along the route to highlight examples of the work being done.
Strathallan has given the use of the school for the showcase event, and there will be between six and eight tables and display boards, showing projects that have not been on the judges’ route, as well as a Powerpoint presentation.
A glossy brochure will also highlight some of the ongoing projects, including EATS where edible plants form borders in parks and public areas and are available to members of the public to pick and eat.
Growing Kirkcaldy representatives have visited shops and businesses in St Clair Street and Templehall where they received positive responses from several, and there was also positive feedback when the group had an information stall at the Beveridge Park Festival last weekend.
A garage in St Clair St is planning to fill tyres with plants and Good News and Taxi Central in Links Street, are planning floral displays.
The Gail Neish Dance Studio in Coal Wynd has also expressed interest in becoming involved in the competition and is keen to have its dancers take part in community efforts, while Fife Community Interpreting Society has had help in planting flower boxes along railings outside its Mitchell Street premises.
Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, who has helped recruit many of the shops and businesses to the cause, said: “All in all, there is a very positive response from most people in the town about the group’s efforts.
“I think it’s terrific to find so many people eager to volunteer their help to improve the profile of our town.”