Three Fife towns set to wow Beautiful Scotland judges!

Floral Action Burntisland hosting judges from last year's Beautiful Scotland
Floral Action Burntisland hosting judges from last year's Beautiful Scotland

Local communities are hoping to scoop awards in this year’s Beautiful Scotland campaign.

Judges from the prestigious community environmental improvement campaign are set to visit Burntisland, Kirkcaldy and Aberdour from next week.

Members of Floral Action Burntisland (FAB) are hoping to achieve more this year in the Coastal Town category after winning a Silver award in 2013.

Scott Sweaton, chairman of FAB, told the Press Beautiful Scotland judges will be in the town on Tuesday.

He said: “We have made a number of improvements over the past year. We have put ourselves forward for a discretionary award - the award is for community involvement.

“The visit by the judges will last up to three hours and preparation to get the town looking at its best for Tuesday is already underway.”

Kirkcaldy is in the Small City category and judges are due to visit the town at the beginning of August. Members of Growing Kirkcaldy won the New Entrant award and a Silver Gilt accolade last year.

Alice Soper, chairman, said: “The route will again include the terrific community projects being carried out across the town as well as the work carried out by Fife Council in the War Memorial Gardens, Green Flag parks, hanging and barrier baskets from the bus station to Gallatown.

“Those we are unable to visit during the three hour time limit will have the opportunity to present their work at our showcase in Strathallan Primary School.

“One of the areas identified for improvement last year was the involvement of more local businesses in the BS campaign and I am delighted that over 25 of them have entered into the spirit this year.”

Local firms have taken part in a new wheelbarrow project with tubs of flowers, herbs and veg now visible outside many local businesses including the Fife Free Press.

Alice continued: “The Growing Kirkcaldy team will be out checking that the barrows and planters are still looking good, helping to replace some of the plants if necessary. We will also be out making sure there is no litter around.”

She added: “We are hoping this year to at least match last year’s Silver Gilt Award and Best Newcomer award. “Whatever the outcome, I would like to thank everyone who has given their time and helped in so many different ways.”

Meanwhile Aberdour Village in Bloom is an entrant in the Coastal Village category. In 2013 it won a Gold award and the ‘Small Coastal’ category award in the UK RHS Britain in Bloom finals.

In addition to the usual planting and maintenance projects and the upkeep of the sensory garden, the committee hoped to obtain funding to erect a second polytunnel in the grounds of Aberdour Primary School.

As well as the more obvious use for growing plants and overwintering plants, the polytunnel will be available for all round use by the school. Members of Village in Bloom have also been on hand to advise pupils and this will contribute to retaining the school’s Green Flag status.