Volunteers help to plant over 80 fruit trees at Dunnikier Park

Volunteers planting the fruit trees
Volunteers planting the fruit trees

Around 60 volunteers turned out at a Kirkcaldy park at the weekend to help plant fruit trees and create an edible forest garden.

The session, held in Dunnikier Country Park, was organised by Greener Kirkcaldy and the Dunnikier Country Park Development Group.

They had earlier launched an appeal for help to plant the fruit trees, and were overwhelmed by the response.

Russell Gill, project organiser of Greener Kirkcaldy, told The Press: “We appealed for volunteers to help us create an edible forest garden at the edge of Dunnikier woods.

“But we were amazed when around 60 people turned up on a cold morning. As well as the volunteers from Greener Kirkcaldy,there was a healthy contingent of young people from Dunnikier Scout troop and Kirkcaldy High School.

“Volunteers also came from members of the golf club and Dunnikier Country Park Development Group. Teaching staff from Fife College also turned up, as did residents from Smeaton and Hayfield.

“We are working with specialists, Appletreeman and Plants with Purpose, who provided the trees and the expertise.”

Sunday’s planting day was the first stage of a project that aims to create four ‘Forest Garden’ beds made up of fruit trees, bushes and a whole host of other edible and useful plants.

Fruit trees will also line the paths that cross an area that will be managed to encourage wildlife.

He said: “Greener Kirkcaldy is delighted the Edible Landscape project has attracted so much effort and commitment from the local community.

“It means that not only did we get over 80 fruit trees in the ground, but we have also taken a major step towards creating a sustainable, environmental resource that, hopefully, the people of Kirkcaldy will be able to enjoy for years to come.”

Scott Clelland, Fife Council area manager, said: “The tree planting project is part of the wider improvement works within the park.

‘‘We’re working with the development group to enhance the natural assets in the park, improving the overall experience for park users. It is very encouraging to see the number of volunteers brave a cold winter’s day in February to plant trees that will provide fruit in years to come.”

Greener Kirkcaldy want to hear from any groups interested in getting involved. Call (01592) 858458 or email russell@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk.