Rolling out the barrows in Kirkcaldy

The Growing Kirkcaldy wheelbarrow outside the Fife Free Press Group office.
The Growing Kirkcaldy wheelbarrow outside the Fife Free Press Group office.

A number of wheelbarrows have been spotted in and around the town centre over the past few weeks.

Growing Kirkcaldy is behind the idea and have filled the wheelbarrows with a wide variety of vegetables and flowers and asked some of the town’s shops and businesses to look after them to support the EATS (Edible And Tasty Spaces) project.

Growing Kirkcaldy were keen to involve the town in its latest venture.

Alice Soper, chairman of Growing Kirkcaldy said: “We are a group of volunteers who share the aim to present Kirkcaldy at its best – clean, attractive and welcoming. Our main focus is on encouraging projects that improve the local environment.

“We are glad to support the EATS project and hope that the wheelbarrows not only make an attractive visual impact in the town but that they will also help in our efforts to win an award in this year’s Beautiful Scotland Campaign.”

Green fingered businesses that are taking part in the project include the Fife Free Press office, Andrew Hutt, Society and the Gail Neish Dance Studio.

Andrew Hutt said: “We are delighted with our wheelbarrow. It makes the front of our shop more attractive and customers have been asking us what types of vegetables and plants we have growing in there.”

Kevin O’Kane, Fife Council greenspace officer, added: “We are really pleased that Growing Kirkcaldy is supporting the EATS project. It is about growing fruit and vegetables in public spaces, which people can then harvest for free.”

Growing Kirkcaldy have entered the Beautiful Scotland Campaign and have submitted portfolio projects, including the edibile wheelbarrow project, which will be judged later this summer.