Getting set to dig for victory

Mary Law OBE
Mary Law OBE

The seeds have been sown for one of the key events in the local calendar - the launch of the 2014 Cupar in Bloom Beautiful Scotland campaign.

The event, which takes place in the town’s Corn Exchange on March 24, promises to extra special this year as the group of green-fingered volunteers mark their 10th anniversary.

Youngsters at Castlehill and St Columba’s primary schools; Kilmaron School, Busy Bees Nursery and the YMCA Triangle Playgroup have all been busy practising their party pieces for the event, while Bell Baxter High School pupils will be showing a film with the help of students from Elmwood Campus.

Marjory Robertson, from Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, will also be at the launch, talking about her local campaign to create a community garden on a disused football pitch.

“Cupar in Bloom has a very close association with local schools and other organisations in the town and this event is our way of acknowledging their input,” said Cupar in Bloom chairman Mary Law OBE.

“The launch event is free to attend and we hope as many people as possible will come along and show their support.

“It will be an entertaining day and free coffee will be available throughout.”

With the Commonwealth Games and Bell Baxter High School’s 125th anniversary taking place this year - not to mention Cupar in Bloom’s 10th anniversary - the 2014 campaign promises to be extra special.

But it will also pose a challenge for Mary and the Cupar in Bloom volunteers as the town’s roadworks programme, due to finish in June, continues to cause disruption.

“It’s difficult to plan our planting this year because we don’t know how the town is eventually going to look,” said Mary.

“But we have some ideas in mind and hope that some of the displays at the schools will have a Commonwealth Games theme.

“Nowadays there’s a great deal of emphasis on environmental issues and keeping communities clean and green, so we hope local people will help us keep the town tidy and litter-free all year round - not just when the judges arrive!”

Meanwhile Cupar in Bloom continues to go from strength to strength as it marks its 10th year, thanks to a dedicated group of just 20 volunteers.

However more members are needed - especially men and young people - to help continue its impressive record of successes in the Beautiful Scotland campaign.

Having been formed in March 2004, the group won the title of ‘Most Improved Town’ in July of that year and has won an award every year since.

2010 was a particularly memorable year as Cupar represented Scotland in the Britain in Bloom campaign, having won gold in Beautiful Scotland, and gained a coveted silver gilt award.

In addition, Cupar has won the medium town category every year in the Beautiful Fife awards run by Fife Council.

Every season, more than 200 hanging baskets and 120 planters grace the town’s streets and to help finance its activities the group organises several fund-raising events throughout the year.

In addition, it now has a more 100 sponsors in the form of local businesses and organisations.

The launch event will run from 10am until 12.30pm.