Family summer gala at the Kaleyard

Kirkcaldy's new community food and wildlife garden
Kirkcaldy's new community food and wildlife garden

People in Kirkcaldy are being invited to mark the end of summer at a special celebration gala in the town’s new community wildlife garden.

The Burntisland-based Fife Diet, which is now Europe’s largest local food project, is hosting a family gala day at the Kaleyard Community Food and Wildlife Project in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy on Saturday, August 31 from 11.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m.

A summer gala is being held at the Kaleyard in Beveridge Park at the end of the month

A summer gala is being held at the Kaleyard in Beveridge Park at the end of the month

There will be food, games and fun for the whole family, along with the chance for green-fingered locals to get their hands dirty and help the Fife Diet team build some infrastructure for the garden, which is being developed within the walled garden next to Southerton House in the north west corner of the park, which until recently was used as a park depot.

Highlights of the day will include music and entertainment from group BarrowBand, a worm composting workshop, a local food barbecue, planting a herb spiral, as well as crafts and games for kids both big and small!

The Kaleyard team will be on hand too if anyone is interested in finding out about becoming a Friend of The Kaleyard and helping with the ongoing development of the fantastic food and wildlife space in the heart of Kirkcaldy. The event and workshops are free and open to all.

Mike Small, founder of the Fife Diet, told the Press: “The summer gala is an event to celebrate the garden being set up and to let as many people in Kirkcaldy know about it. It’s to celebrate the great summer we’ve had and to invite people to get involved as Friends of the Kaleyard.

“We’re also planting our herb spiral and creating good compost. All essential to creating a great growing space.

“It’s great to see the Kaleyard launched this year and anyone who wants to is invited to come along and get involved.

“Worm composting can transform the quality of your compost and you can get your hands dirty with practical gardening skills - or just come and enjoy the barbecue!”

The Kaleyard Community Food and Wildlife project is a joint venture between the Beveridge Park Development Group (BPDG) and Fife Diet. Earlier this year it was awarded a grant of £9977 from Awards for All Scotland for the venture.

The scheme has also received financial support from Fife Council as well as a fundraising boost from a ceilidh at the start of the year.

The idea for the Kaleyard garden was initiated by people living around the park.They were keen to find an area where they could meet and grow their own food.