Common touch to floral work in Cupar

The Commonwealth flags display at Duffus Park in Cupar.
The Commonwealth flags display at Duffus Park in Cupar.

Cupar is ‘flying the flags’ of Commonwealth countries, with children and others helping the town’s bloom group to create special floral borders in the town.

The largest and possibly most impressive of the displays is off the St Mary’s Road entrance to Duffus Park, where the Canadian and Jamaican flags have been produced in flowers, together with the Commonwealth Games logo.

Cupar in Bloom - who came up with the idea of the flags to celebrate the staging of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - have also encouraged similar displays at Kilmaron, Castlehill and St Columba’s schools as well as at Cupar station.

Bloom group chair, Mary Law, said this week: “ We wanted to do something different this year and knew Fife Council were planning a Commonwealth Games-themed sports event in Duffus Park for Bell Baxter cluster primary schools.

“Cupar has an excellent sports park at Duffus, with forward-thinking clubs involved - and that’s how the idea was born.”

With the Commonwealth Games taking place, the Cupar schools were keen to take part in the project, with each allocated a country, which pupils researched and tied in with a specific sport.

Following discussions with Fife Council, a piece of ground was identified at the Duffus car park, with St Columba’s children helping create the Jamaican flag, while Castlehill assisted with the Canadian one.

Kilmaron Special School, which played a big part in Cupar’s Commonwealth celebrations with one of the pupils a baton carrier, have created their own Saltire, which can be seen from the Balgarvie Road entrance.

Planting of the flags got under way during the final week of school term.

Train passengers and visitors to Cupar Heritage Centre are treated to Commonwealth displays at the station, where the flags of the Maldives and Cameroon can be seen in boxes.

Mary added: “The Commonwealth flag displays were a totally different venture for us, which also saw the school children helping with the planting.

“The displays are certainly well worth seeing, particularly the one at Duffus Park.”

In addition to the flags, a number of railings around the town feature planters with flowers in red, white and blue, commemorating the Queen as head of the Commonwealth.

Funding for the project came from the National Lottery’s Celebrate scheme.