Dancing for funding

Elly Kinross - growing facilitator with the Fife Diet
Elly Kinross - growing facilitator with the Fife Diet

A FUNDRAISING ceilidh is set to provide a funding boost for a community food and wildlife garden project in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy.

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

And next month’s ceilidh in St Bryce Kirk hall will help raise the remaining funding to get the Kaleyard project off the ground.

The event is on Saturday, February 2 and will feature the Sounds Braw Ceilidh band.

The vision for the Kaleyard is to create a community space for workshops, events and regular vegetable, flower and plant growing activities to inspire local people using the town park.

Plans for the food and wildlife garden - to be located behind the boating lake near the western boundary of Beveridge Park - include space for nature, wild flower and orchard areas; polytunnels, six big open growing plots, pots and tubs as well as a junior area for children gardening.

Getting involved

Elly Kinross, growing facilitator with the Fife Diet, said: “People who like the idea of growing food but aren’t sure about what to do can get involved without having to make a commitment to a plot.

‘‘This project will give them the experience of food growing and planting. We imagine creating a garden that will be an extension of the public park where people will be welcome to take part in activities on a regular basis - or just visit when they are there with 
their families.

“We also hope community groups will visit the Kaleyard to share knowledge, experiences and work together to grow and share food.

“We are looking forward to having plant sales, community lunches, workshops and regular volunteer days once the scheme gets off the ground.”

For the kids

There are also plans to involve youngsters by launching a gardening club in the spring.

It will not only give them the experience of planting and growing food, but they will also take part in crafts, games and story-telling.

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

Tickets on sale from Greener Kirkcaldy, 254a High Street, Kirkcaldy or contact (01592) 871371.