Final shortlist great honour for Kirkcaldy green group

Les and Alice Soper and Avril Moodie, from Growing Kirkcaldy.
Les and Alice Soper and Avril Moodie, from Growing Kirkcaldy.

Growing Kirkcaldy, the horticultural organisation, has been chosen from more than 1000 entrants to take part in this year’s Britain in Bloom UK finals.

The group, set up to co-ordinate Kirkcaldy’s entry in the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom competition, will represent Fife in the small city category of the Royal Horticultural Society event.

Around 70 communities across the UK have been selected for the honour, with UK finalists representing the best of community gardening in the UK.

Beautiful Scotland nominated Kirkcaldy to the national finals following the regional stage of judging in 2014.

Growing Kirkcaldy was selected for engaging every element of the community, demonstrating an exceptional commitment to helping the environment - and for top horticultural achievement.

It will join Colchester, Bury, Grimsby, Weston and Derry City in the small city category.

Although the campaign runs all year round, the run-up to the judges’ August tour is a time when communities all unite in their efforts to impress. Kirkcaldy will be visited by two RHS judges who will meet community representatives and go on a tour of local projects, assessing everything from recycling initiatives to areas of natural habitat and conservation.

They also look at the management of street furniture and public parks, and assess how well the group is responding to climate change and engaging the community.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in October, attended by representatives of all finalists.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “I’m delighted that Kirkcaldy is to be represented.

‘‘Being invited to take part in Britain in Bloom is a great honour. Many different groups are dedicated to improving their local areas and in the three years we have been operating, we have seen significant progress, culminating in our Gold award from Beautiful Scotland in 2014.

‘‘We now hope to use the opportunity to improve more local spaces and bring even more people together: we welcome any individual or group wishing to participate in this important event.”