We’re digging deep for victory

Judges Gavin McGillivray (left) and Colin Ainsworth from Beautiful Scotland in Bloom with members of Growing Kirkcaldy
Judges Gavin McGillivray (left) and Colin Ainsworth from Beautiful Scotland in Bloom with members of Growing Kirkcaldy

Dozens of community groups, schools, residents and the local authority have worked together to help Kirkcaldy go for gold.

And the judges said they had been very impressed during their three-hour tour of the town’s floral and horticultural hotspots in the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom competition on Tuesday.

Two independent judges were taken round the town by members of Growing Kirkcaldy, the umbrella group set up to co-ordinate the town’s bid to take the top prize in the prestigious annual competition.

After Kirkcaldy West secured a silver gilt place in the awards last year, local campaigners came together to encourage the whole town to enter this year’s competition and on Tuesday the judges came to town to consider Kirkcaldy for the ‘small city’ category, which is also contested by Perth and Inverness.

The judge’s route took them from Beveridge Park, where they viewed the beautiful floral beds and fountain garden, the Kaleyard and bog garden, through Links Street, Nicol Street and the High Street to Ravenscraig Park where they saw the Walled Garden and EATS project where produce is grown in public spaces which is then available for people to pick and eat.

From there they were taken up St Clair Street, where many traders had added floral enhancements to their shop fronts, and to Dunnikier Park, where they met members of the park’s development group, who showed them the work being carried out there.

They visited the crematorium gardens and Kirkcaldy Day Centre Services on Townsend Place where they saw the work that centre users, many with dementia, have been carrying out in their garden.

Then it was on down past the Town Square to the War Memorial Gardens and newly refurbished museum and art gallery.

The final stop was Strathallan Primary School, where lots of environmental work is being done for a showcase event of the many other projects and work ongoing throughout the town, and lunch made from local produce.

Pupil Sophie Roughead (12) gave them a tour of the school grounds and they spoke to pupils from Dunnikier Primary, who have transformed the grounds of their old janitor’s house to a thriving garden area with help from the Seed Truck project.

“It was a fantastic day and the judges seemed really impressed with all the wonderful work which is going on in the town,” said chairman Alice Soper.

The winners will be announced next month.