Growing Kirkcaldy

Alice Soper, new chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy Group
Alice Soper, new chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy Group

a NEW group to take forward Kirkcaldy’s bid for success in a prestigious horticultural award has been formed.

The organisation, which is to be called Growing Kirkcaldy, will bring together all the local groups which are involved in various growing projects in and around the town to build on the success of last year.

At a well-attended meeting of interested parties held last week, it was decided that one of the first jobs the group will undertake will be to compile a list of the many and varied groups involved in planting, landscaping and growing initiatives to formulate a proposal for the bid, which would see Kirkcaldy entered in the national competition in the ‘Small City’ category.

And schools, allotment holders, community centres, community councils, the local authority’s parks department, voluntary and community organisations will all be encouraged to become involved in getting behind the plans.

At the meeting, held in the Kirkcaldy4All office in Kirkcaldy High Street, those attending voted former Kirkcaldy councillor Alice Soper to become chairman of the group.

Representatives from Fife Council, Greener Kirkcaldy, the Evergreen project run by the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Kirkcaldy West Community Council, Kirkcaldy4All, Kirkcaldy Civic Society and Take a Pride in Glenrothes turned up, along with several members of the public.

Margaret Reilly from Take a Pride in Glenrothes gave a short presentation on Glenrothes’ success in the competition over the past five years in which they have won three Beautiful Scotland and three Britain in Bloom awards, five of which were gold.

Last year Kirkcaldy picked up a silver gilt award in the Beautiful Fife Awards for the work carried out by the community to improve the town centre and west Kirkcaldy area.

Mrs Reilly said she would be happy to help guide the group over the coming months and outlined the main points which would help contribute to a successful bid.

She said that as well as the physical horticultural displays, many other aspects should be taken into account, including health benefits, the environment, conservation, community involvement and education as just a few examples, and the more community involvement the bid could secure, the better the chance of success.

Scott Clelland from Fife Council’s parks department said the area covered would stretch from Seafield to Dysart and up to the Gallatown and take in all different aspects from civic areas to school playgrounds, parks and allotments.

Alice Soper said: “This is a very exciting project and I am looking forward to working with many different groups to bring this together for the good of the whole town.

“I was very pleased with the turnout at the meeting which showed a real commitment from the community to help make this happen.”