WORK on a new community garden in Kirkcaldy’s Ravenscraig Park is set to start this spring.
A new group has been formed to officially manage the plots within the walled garden of the park.
The Kirkcaldy Community Gardens and Allotments Group officially signed a lease for the walled garden yesterday (Wednesday) at the Town House in Kirkcaldy.
They will take over responsibility for working on the land from Fife Council, although the Council will still retain ownership and use of some of the site for a depot.
Theresa Hughes, from the Council’s enterprise, planning and protective services, said the project started two years ago.
She said: “The walled garden within the park became redundant in 2007 and was just sitting empty. It was looked at for commercial development but after various applications failed I was asked to look at it.
“The idea of a community garden came up and a consultation and feasibility study was carried out. Allotments and community growing space was most popular with the community.
“There is a high demand for allotments in Kirkcaldy so the walled garden area - which is Common Good Land - was ideal for this.”
Ms Hughes said there are now 40 allotment plots set out on the site and the remaining area will be divided up for use by various community groups.
“I have every confidence in the potential of the site. Fife Council has expressed its support for the project and will continue to support it in the years ahead.
“On the site is an original Victorian glasshouse which the community would like restored. Another aspiration is to have classroom facility workshops on food preparation, planting and growing vegetables, and to introduce a sensory garden and sensory trail.”
Anne Brown, a member of the new group, said they hope to have a 21st century walled garden featuring community orchard, willow growing area, horticultural training area for young people and community events throughout the year.
“It will be a wonderful community resource for the town but will only be possible with help from people from across Dysart and Kirkcaldy and beyond who are prepared to give some of their time.”
Anyone interested should contact Anne Brown on (01592) 264056 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.