Ceilidh cash for garden project

Elly Kinross and Mags Hall of the Fife Diet.
Elly Kinross and Mags Hall of the Fife Diet.

FIFERS have been dancing the night away to raise over £1000 for a new community food and wildlife garden project in Kirkcaldy.

A fundraising ceilidh was recently held in St Bryce Kirk Hall in the town to collect money to get the Kaleyard project off the ground.

The initiative has been developed by the Burntisland-based Fife Diet working with Fife Council and the Beveridge Park Development Group.

The vision for the Kaleyard is to create a community space in Beveridge Park for workshops, events and regular vegetable, flower and plant growing activities.

Plans for the food and wildlife garden - to be located behind the boating lake near the western boundary of the park - include space for nature, wildflower and orchard areas, polytunnels, six big open growing plots, pots and tubs as well as a junior area for children gardening. There are also plans to launch a gardening club for youngsters.

The Fife Diet hopes to have the garden up and running by the summer.

Mags Hall, membership and outreach co-ordinator with Fife Diet, said the ceilidh was a huge success.

“We had around 80 people who came along on the night,” she said. “We didn’t think we would make over £1000 - we raised a lot more than we expected to.

“The money will go to the newly formed Beveridge Park Development Group and will help cover the cost of insurance for the site and pay for a poly-tunnel and raised beds so the site can be a hub community food and growing all year round.”

She added: “At the end of the ceilidh people were saying to me they would like to see it become an annual event. There will always be a need to fundraise for the project so this might be something we could look at doing.”