Sunshine welcome as judges hit Kirkcaldy in Beautiful Britain in Bloom competition

Alice Soper (third from left) and Judith Kerr with David Ross from SAMH, with the judges at the town square. Pic: FPA
Alice Soper (third from left) and Judith Kerr with David Ross from SAMH, with the judges at the town square. Pic: FPA

Beautiful summer sunshine showed Kirkcaldy off to its best advantage for the judging of Beautiful Britain in Bloom on Friday.

The three judges were given a short presentation at the Town House on some of the established and new initiatives taking place, before being taken on a three-hour tour around many of the horticultural treasures.

Stunning floral displays at the town square and War Memorial were on show, with many hanging baskets from Kirkcaldy West Community Council brightening up the town centre.

Led by Alice Soper and Judith Kerr, chairman and secretary of Growing Kirkcaldy, the group visited the town’s green flag parks, watching youngsters working at the Kaleyard.

At Dunnikier Country Park representatives from Kirkcaldy High School explained the planting and plans for the future.

At Beveridge Park the facilities and development projects were highlighted, and children from Little Einsteins Nursery were seen working in Ravenscraig Walled Garden where the group tasted fruit grown there.

People from Evergreen Nursery run by the Scottish Association for Mental Health and King James (Les Soper) welcomed judges to Ravenscraig Castle, and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust explained developments at Seafield.

Other highlights included planting at Nicol Street; Fife Council’s portable allotment in Morrison’s car park; EATS beds at the Town House and Peebles Street and the work Rotary members are doing at the station.

Kirkcaldy4All explained town centre projects, where the council’s efforts to spruce it up are obvious.

The tour ended at the Adam Smith Theatre where the judges, piped in by George Wallace, viewed a showcase of other work in the town and enjoyed refreshements.

Judith Kerr, secretary of Growing Kirkcaldy said: “I am very proud of the people in our town and the work they do to make our town look good. The judges cannot comment in detail until the awards are made in October but they were very impressed by what they saw – especially the involvement of the whole community.”