Let’s turn our park into an oasis of nature

Primary two pupils from Valley PS at Dunnikier Park planting seeds
Primary two pupils from Valley PS at Dunnikier Park planting seeds

A NEW group has been formed to help transform Dunnikier Park into an oasis for nature and introduce new attractions.

Fife Council’s parks and countryside staff have been working hard over the past few months developing plans for the town park which include a wildflower meadow, native fruit trees and linked ponds.

The innovative project, which is involving local schools, represents a significant investment from Fife Council and will help to address long-standing issues with Dunnikier Park such as poor drainage.

Sue Bennet, chairman of the new Dunnikier Park Development Group, said: “Dunnikier Park Improvement Group is a newly formed organisation involving Fife Council, local community groups and residents. Our aim is to make Dunnikier Park a facility to rival the other two parks in the town.

“Dunnikier Park has always been the poor relation but by involving as many interested parties as possible we would like to make the park the place the public want to visit by introducing attractions such as wildlife, wetland areas and improved woodland walks.

“We hope to attract local interest and draw in ideas from as many different sources as possible. We are pleased to say that Kirkcaldy High School is already heavily involved.

She added: “It is our aim in the future to take care of existing improvements and with help from all interested groups and individuals plan and carry out new ideas for the park.”

Scott Clelland, area parks team leader for Kirkcaldy, said: “In Kirkcaldy we are proud of our diverse range of parks, open spaces, woodlands and coastal fringe. Working with a variety of interested groups, we all work hard to improve the quality and accessibility of our facilities so we can provide a positive impact on the well-being of the local community. Adding wildlife to our green open spaces can be an exciting opportunity for people to get involved and make a difference to the environment.”