New look for Kirkcaldy country park

Kirkcaldy High pupils carrying out work in Dunnikier Park
Kirkcaldy High pupils carrying out work in Dunnikier Park

Green-fingered pupils at Kirkcaldy High have been helping to transform a town park.

Various groups have been working at Dunnikier Country Park for the past few months to do planting and create garden areas with the aim of achieving a Green Flag Award - which is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom - for the park.

Earlier this year around 60 volunteers turned out to plant fruit trees and create an edible forest garden at a session organised by Greener Kirkcaldy and the Dunnikier Country Park Development Group. Pupils from Kirkcaldy High were also involved in the project.

The session was followed by the park’s first country fair which took place in May and was hailed a great success by the organisers.

There was a wide variety of entertainment at the fair which included a mini fairground for youngsters, a giant slide, bouncy castle and teacup ride. There was also a radio roadshow and a dance competition. The pony rides also proved to be very popular and those brave enough got close to different birds of prey.

The event is part of a bigger plan to transform and make good use of the park.

Kirkcaldy North councillor Neil Crooks, who is also chairman of the town’s area committee, told the Press he was pleased to see the young people from the high school helping to make a difference to Dunnikier Country Park.

He said: “The transformation of Dunnikier Country Park at the hands of volunteers, pupils and students from local schools has been a joy to behold and long may it continue. We would obviously like to progress to have all of our parks at Greenflag status and the Dunnikier Country Park Development Group and partners are certainly working hard to achieve that.

“There is a responsibility on the Council to help that process and at a recent meeting of the group, we were informed of a number of possible steps which would at some point become a phased action plan for the park.”

Derek Allan, rector at Kirkcaldy High, said the scheme was ideal for the pupils to get involved in: “The project is an excellent opportunity for pupils to develop practical skills and an appreciation of wild spaces. We really value the partnership aspect too - it’s great when learning and the real world come together like this.”