Hopes grow for Kirkcaldy success in Bloom contest

Eyecatching floral displays around town.
Eyecatching floral displays around town.

The Lang Toun may already be treasured by its residents but the team behind ‘Growing Kirkcaldy’ is still waiting to hear if it has done enough to dazzle judges from the Royal Horticultural Society.

In 2014 Kirkcaldy was awarded best small city in Scotland by Beautiful Scotland and as a result was selected to represent Scotland in this category in the Britain in Bloom competition 2015 – Europe’s biggest community gardening campaign.

The motor cycling memorial in the Beveridge Park.

The motor cycling memorial in the Beveridge Park.

The team now face a nail-biting wait until the Britain in Bloom results are revealed next Friday (October 16).

Growing Kirkcaldy has been in existence for only three years but is an umbrella organisation which aims to support any community group trying to improve the town.

The three areas of the competition are horticulture, environmental responsibility and community involvement.

The group’s Judith Kerr said: “Representing Fife and Scotland at this level inspired the members of Growing Kirkcaldy to make the town look its best this season and work began.

The war memorial gardens

The war memorial gardens

“We are so lucky to have a partnership of volunteers and localcouncil who are committed to maintain and develop our green spaces and the horticulture displays have brought colour and cheer to many areas.”

Judith went on to say Growing Kirkcaldy has been involved in various community initiatives including a biodiversity project with Dunnikier Park Development Group, Greener Kirkcaldy and Kirkcaldy High School which received a special award from Beautiful Fife.

Other initiatives have included giving re-cycled pallet planters and Ladybird kits to primary schools, while people at Seafield and the east End planted up boats, planters and wheelbarrows.

Judith added: “It is clear that the campaign for Britain in Bloom has been embraced by many groups in the town but there are also the groups at Rabbit Braes, the Kaleyard and our allotments at Ravenscraig who work continually.”