All things Fife and beautiful

The competition winners
The competition winners
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CARE for the environment, pride in surroundings and the spirit of community were all celebrated in style last week, with the culmination of the Beautiful Fife Campaign 2012.

Over 50 communities across the Kingdom took part in this year’s event, with an awards ceremony on Thursday at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.

It was a particularly special occasion for Kilconquhar, which took home the overall best award in the Wee Village category.

There were discretionary awards for projects in St Monans and Elie, while a host of other towns and villages across Levenmouth and the East Neuk received medals.

Awards and certificates were presented by Councillor Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife.

He said: “I am delighted to celebrate all the hard work of these local communities, and a special congratulations to all the category winners for their imagination and horticultural skills.

“Fife is the real winner when our communities pull together to improve their local environments.

“I am sure all this success will inspire many more communities to get involved.”

Areas were judged during the later part of July and assessed on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement.

In addition to Kilconquhar’s success among the eight main categories, St Monans received an award for horticultural expertise in its serenity garden, while the bid to transform Toll Green in Elie was honoured with a project award.

Keith Jackson, Fife Council’s parks and community events officer, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in Beautiful Fife this year.

“The lack of summer weather made it even harder work than usual.

“I am always impressed by how the communities in Fife rally to this campaign and really make it their own.

“Their enthusiasm and effort is appreciated by the people of Fife and, hopefully, many more will be encouraged to take part next year.”

Mr Jackson added: “I would also like to thank all the local volunteer judges who took part this year and gave of their own free time and expertise.”

Judges awarded gold medals to Kilconquhar and St Monans, with silver gilt presentations going to Anstruther & Cellardyke, Coaltown of Wemyss, Colinsburgh and Crail.

Silver medals were picked up by East Wemyss, Elie & Earlsferry, Kennoway, Kingsbarns, Leven, Milton of Balgonie, Pittenweem and West Wemyss.

Pictured above is Provost Leishman, front centre, with the group of winners.

The Rothes Halls also played host the previous night to Fife Council’s 2012 Beautiful Gardens award presentation (see below), which featured more local winners.