Gilt-edged joy as towns scoop blooming great awards ...

Stuart Tait with Provost Jim Leishman and the silver gilt award
Stuart Tait with Provost Jim Leishman and the silver gilt award

Kirkcaldy has achieved a double whammy after scooping a silver gilt award in a regional horticultural competition.

It won the runner-up accolade in the large town category at the Beautiful Fife Campaign Awards ceremony which was held last week in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.

The prize came just days after the Lang Toun scooped a silver gilt in the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom awards.

But Kirkcaldy wasn’t the only winner in the Beautiful Fife awards as Kinghorn won gold in the coastal village category along with Aberdour which was the overall winner for the section.

Burntisland achieved a silver in the coastal town category, Cardenden won silver in the small town section while the Kaleyard community wildlife garden in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy scooped a special project award. Glenrothes was the overall winner in the large town category winning gold.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy, said: “Scott Clelland and Stuart Tait (Fife Council) have been supporting Growing Kirkcaldy since January when the group was established and we have worked closely together since then to collect evidence of all the environmental, horticultural and heritage- based projects in the town. We provided a portfolio for the judges in July. Kirkcaldy4all also helped with floral displays, preparing the portfolio and brochure.”

Suzanne Gilfeather, chairman of Kinghorn In Bloom (KIB), said: “We were really pleased to be awarded a gold especially as this year has been hard work keeping up with the watering. All our volunteers have worked really hard and this makes it worthwhile.”

Pauleen Norman MBE, chairman of Aberdour Village in Bloom, said: “The local volunteers work very hard and it is fantastic to see this hard work being recognised.” The Kaleyard project is managed by the Beveridge Park Development Group and much of the work has been done by The Friends of the Kaleyard.

Tina Gordon, co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted with the award which came as a complete and very pleasant surprise to us all. It’s nice to know that other people are as enthusiastic about the project as we are.”

Elly Kinross of the Fife Diet, which has supported the project, said: “The level of community enthusiasm has been fantastic and the garden itself is the perfect environment for bringing people together to growing food.”