Buy-out secures Kinghorn land

Kinghorn Loch
Kinghorn Loch

Land between Kinghorn and Kinghorn Loch has been secured for future generations of townsfolk after a local group was successful in buying it.

Kinghorn Community Land Association used the Scottish Government’s community ‘Rght To Buy’ scheme to secure community ownership of 10 acres of land between the town and the beauty spot. It was formerly owned by a developer which went into administration in 2013.

It’s taken us 10 years to get to this point and now the community has the opportunity to realise its plans

Richard Brewster

Over a year after being awarded funding from the Scottish Land Fund and Kinghorn Common Good Fund, a deal was finally sealed and land passed into community ownership last week.

Richard Brewster, chairman of Kinghorn Community Land Association, said: “This land was originally granted to the people of Kinghorn in 1605 by James VI but fell into private hands – and some of it has become neglected.

“We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve successfully managed to bring this back into community ownership. It’s taken us 10 years to get to this point and now the community has the opportunity to realise its plans.”

The proposal is for the largest plot to become a community woodland multi-faith cemetery. This will help alleviate the shortage of burial spaces locally and will be a unique amenity in the area. It’s hoped the area will accommodate eco-burial, a memorial garden, a location for scattering ashes and the creation of a seating area.

Two smaller plots will form a green corridor linking Kinghorn to the loch with a community orchard, growing space, wildlife area and recreation space. It will regenerate unused land, encourage exercise and outdoor activity, and promote local food production.

“We are working with a landscape designer to come up with proposals and hope to be able to share these in the near future,” said Mr Brewster. “As well as involving community volunteers, the project will also bring together groups such as Kinghorn primary school, the Ecology Centre and Kinghorn in Bloom.”