Green awards for communities in Kirkcaldy, Burntisland and Aberdour

Members of Growing Kirkcaldy receiving the gold award from George Anderson of the Beechgrove Garden in Haddington recently.
Members of Growing Kirkcaldy receiving the gold award from George Anderson of the Beechgrove Garden in Haddington recently.

Local community groups, towns and villages have been celebrating after scooping coveted environmental accolades in the annual Beautiful Scotland and Beautiful Fife Awards.

Growing Kirkcaldy was presented with a gold award; the Keep Scotland Beautiful award and the small city category award.

Growing Kirkcaldy scooped the small city accolade in the Beautiful Scotland Awards.

Growing Kirkcaldy scooped the small city accolade in the Beautiful Scotland Awards.

And Kirkcaldy4All, the BID company which is the only organisation whose remit is to work for, and improve Kirkcaldy town centre, scooped a silver award.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “We are absolutely delighted. These awards show just how much strong partnership working goes on to improve our town.

“We are so fortunate to have a great working relationship with the parks and open spaces staff who work so hard to keep everything looking good.

“The judges were impressed by the projects and community involvement, and we welcome any support we can get - there’s always room for help with planting, weeding and watering throughout the year!”

Members of Floral Action Burntisland scooped the Gold Award for Beautiful Fife. The group was also awarded with two other awards: A Community Involvement Award for our Allan Court project and a Project Award for Burntisland Allotments.

Members of Floral Action Burntisland scooped the Gold Award for Beautiful Fife. The group was also awarded with two other awards: A Community Involvement Award for our Allan Court project and a Project Award for Burntisland Allotments.

Bill Harvey, of Kirkcaldy4All, said: “Growing Kirkcaldy has been extremely successful and has been working very hard. It should be noted that Kirkcaldy4All is the financial backers of Growing Kirkcaldy – we are the main funders – so we are delighted to see them do so well in the awards.

“As far as the BID award is concerned we are delighted to be recognised. We are trying to improve the quality of the town centre and enhance it with flowers. A lot of time and effort goes into it and hopefully the public and visitors to the town enjoy what they see.”

Local community gardeners have also been honoured in the Beautiful Fife Awards.

Aberdour won the overall coastal village category and Floral Action Burntisland scooped three awards – a gold award, a community involvement award for the Allan Court project and a project award for Burntisland Allotments.

Aberdour won a gold award and Aberdour Heritage Centre took the innovation award, Kirkcaldy scooped gold and Cardenden won silver along with Falkland.

Scott Sweaton, chairman of Floral Action Burntisland, said: “This is our most successful Beautiful Fife campaign to date.

“To have retained our gold award is a fantastic achievement, but to have won the overall community award for our Allan Court project and a project award for the community allotment is outstanding.”

He added: “It’s clear that the dedication of all our volunteers and the ongoing support of the community has allowed us to achieve all we have over the last few years.”