Green spaces are the beating heart of Glenrothes

Riverside Park, Glenrothes
Riverside Park, Glenrothes

The success of last year’s plan to enhance and promote the use of greenspaces within the new town has prompted an improved 2014 initiative.

This year’s programme includes park improvements at Lochty Park, Kinglassie as well as Riverside and Gilvenbank Parks, Glenrothes John Dixon Park, Markinch and King Geirge V Park, Milton of Balgonie.

The promotion of community food growing, enhanced sports facilities, improved signage, the creation of wildlife and wild flower meadows are also among some of the projects to be implemented throughout 2014.

The possible introduction of two new allotment projects, one adjacent to South Parks and in Cadham Court are also part of plans for this year.

Fife Council first took up the Scottish Government’s Greenspace Strategy back in 2010 and have seen it increase in size every year since.

It’s estimated that 84 per cent of the Glenrothes population live within 250 metres of a public greenspace.

Councillors have praised the work, Peter Grant said: “The attraction of Glenrothes is not just the parks but the very local greenspaces in-between homes and streets.

“One of the things we can do in future to support this work is for us to learn we can say no more extended car parking applications that eat into existing greenspaces within the town in future.”

Kevin O’Kane, responsible for the programme said they want to build on the successes of community-led projects such as Leslie and Lochty wetland projects and the transformation of derelict land at Greystone Park, Stenton.