Projects to improve green spaces across Kirkcaldy

Planting fruit trees in Dunnikier Park
Planting fruit trees in Dunnikier Park

A number of projects to improve greenspaces across Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas are set to bloom this year.

Work has been ongoing to enhance the quality of greenspace, particularly in the town parks, and the progress has been welcomed by councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee.

He said this year there are various “exciting projects” planned.

Cllr Crooks told The Press: “The success of the Greenspace Strategy in Kirkcaldy area is testament to the quality of our local area parks team who undertake a great deal of this work.

“I look forward to seeing the wealth of things planned for this year.

“There’s a lot of exciting projects including plans to revitalise Seafield Picnic Area and Pathhead Sands. Funding has been secured and the work includes restoring dunes, new boardwalks, car park improvements and tackling the invasive Japanese Knotweed, refurbishing the Dallas Drive play area and the continuing improvement of Dunnikier Park.”

Play areas at Shetland Place and Hill Crest Avenue in Kirkcaldy and East Links in Burntisland are also due to be refurbished.

Improvements over the last year were noted in a report which went before Kirkcaldy Area Committee last week. The achievements included: Growing Kirkcaldy being awarded a new entrant trophy in the Beautiful Scotland awards; Kinghorn in Bloom being awarded a gold in the Beautiful Fife awards and Floral Action Burntisland a silver.

Ravenscraig Park achieved a Green Flag for parks. The Green Flag is a national standard of excellence for parks and green spaces in Scotland and Kirkcaldy is the only town in Fife with two green flags.

Dunnikier Country Park Development Group was constituted and one of their first actions was to change the name of the park from Dunnikier Park to Dunnikier Country Park to highlight its natural features.

Greener Kirkcaldy volunteers also helped with the creation of the edible/wetland area.

A green gym and poetry stones were installed at Beveridge Park and the EATS ( Edible And Tasty Spaces) Project was expanded with flowers and vegetables being planted at various public spaces across Kirkcaldy including outside Forth House, Bennochy Road, Dunearn Drive and Ravenscraig Park.