Get your green fingers on!

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy
Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy
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Schools and youth groups in and around Kirkcaldy are being urged to take advantage of a new project to help improve their local environment.

Grants of up to £100 are available from Youth Scotland’s Young Grow Wild initiative to create exciting wild flower sites in communities, and the project is particularly looking for groups which involve young people to apply before January 27.

Notification of the grant has been sent out to local groups from Growing Kirkcaldy, the organisation which last year helped the town to scoop a Silver Gilt award in the Beautiful Scotland environmental awards for the large town’s new entrant category.

This year Growing Kirkcaldy is hoping to do even better in the competition and that’s why it is kick-starting its campaign early this year, to have the town looking its best in time for the judges’ visit in August.

The group aims to bring together all the town’s horticultural, environmental, heritage and community projects under the one umbrella in a giant showcase event.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “A lot of local groups and individual shops and businesses took part last year, and we were delighted with the success we had in our first year.

“This year we want them all to be a part of it again, and we also want others who were not involved to get on board and help us to do even better.

“Last year the lowest score we got was eight out of ten and we got ten out of ten for the community involvement section which was great, and the judges said they wanted to see more of that, so that’s why we want to give ourselves as much time as possible to bring everything together and give people plenty of notice if they want to become a part of it all.

“There are loads of great things going on around the town, and Kirkcaldy4All won best Business Improvement District, while the Kaleyard was praised for the work it is doing in the Beautiful Fife awards.

“At the Beautiful Scotland Awards the area around Kirkcaldy railway station also won a particular mention, and we had the opportunity to meet the other winners and discuss what they did to help them and how we could use some of their ideas.”

The first meeting of Growing Kirkcaldy will take place in the Kirkcaldy4All offices at the end of the month and anyone interested in finding out more is welcome along.