Cupar’s first challenge in its bid to scoop a string of awards this summer, begins on Monday when the town will be visited by Beautiful Fife judges.
The Beautiful Fife competition is the first contest which Cupar has been entered into and will be followed by the Beautiful Scotland competition next month.
Not only does Cupar hope to retain the ‘Best Medium Town’ title it scooped last year in the face of competition from Cowdenbeath and Dalgety Bay, but it could also be in the running for one of several discretionary awards, given in recognition of excellence in specific areas.
Cupar in Bloom chairperson Mary Law, along with her husband Ronnie and members of the group, have been at the forefront of making sure Cupar looks its best by planting and maintaining hundreds of hanging baskets, troughs and displays on railings throughout the town centre.
As well as the work the group does itself, Cupar in Bloom has also been building relationships with other organisations including St John’s Church garden group, Elmwood College, St Columba’s Primary School, Kilmaron School and Castlehill Primary School to assist and offer practical support to improving their own environment.
Mrs Law explained that on Monday, the two judges will be taken on a whistle-stop tour of the town, where they will have the chance to see many of the projects being undertaken.
“We will begin in the centre of town at St John’s Church before moving up to St Columba’s where judges will be able to see the wonderfully diverse garden pupils have created,” she said.
“Then it’s off to Kinloss Park and Kirklands Park where they will be able to view a selection of lovely gardens in both privately-owned and council-owned properties, before making our way to Kilmaron School which has a fabulous garden.
“We hope that the judges will have time to speak to people as we pass and ask questions about their gardens, but it is very hard to do this and see all of the things we want them to see, in just one-and a-half hours!”
The tour will then move to Elmwood College where they judges will hear about the allotment scheme before making their way over to Rosturk nursing home at the Drum to see all of the good work being done to brighten up surroundings there.
“We will then head for Millgate where the judges can have a walk around the town centre and see all of the baskets and displays there,” said Mrs Law.
“In particular the judges may want to ask questions some which may relate to the relatively new venture between Fife Council and local businesses to sponsor displays.
The tour then heads to Tarvit Ponds, Cupar in Bloom’s wildlife area, before passing along South Road where there will be a poster display of floral works, before heading past Castlehill PS and into Robertson Road and Hogarth Drive to see many of the well-kept gardens there.
Last stop for the judges will be the huge display at East Road, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of Cupar Horticultural and Floral Society.