Kinghorn in Bloom

Kinghorn, Fife

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Kinghorn in Bloom is a volunteer community gardening group striving to make Kinghorn a greener, cleaner, more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Group introduction

Kinghorn in Bloom is now in its 7th year. Our aim is to boost local pride and community involvement by brightening up the High Street and other areas of Kinghorn through hanging baskets, flower planters, boats and bedding, summer and winter. We have 40 hanging baskets, 4 multi-teir containers, 4 large containers, 8 medium containers, 21 half barrels and 6 boats of varying sizes; all of which take a large amount of plants We have taken on and rejuvenated several ‘tired’ areas from Fife Council over the last 7 years. We have a core committee of 12 with various other volunteers helping out as and when they are able. We also have a watering rota with an additional bank of volunteers who water the displays in the summer months using a 40 gallon bowser.

In 2009 we re-established The Village Show which showcases things people have grown (vegetables, fruit, flowers and pot plants) and made (baking, crafts, photography, etc) plus a children’s section; all of which encourages local people to "grow and make their own". We have several youngsters who are very keen growers and participate in various categories. Entries for the show have risen to over 400. We introduced a Scarecrow Competition in 2012 which runs during the week prior to the Show, averaging around 45 entries each year. We produce a Scarecrow Trail Map where people can follow the trail and vote for their favourite Scarecrow, with prizes being awarded at the Show.

We have attained a Gold Award in the Beautiful Fife campaign for the past three years and hope to maintain this level in years to come. We have also attained a Silver Gilt in the Beautiful Scotland campaign and aim to attain Gold this year. We also enter a planter in the Scottish Gardener’s Forum competition at Gardening Scotland and received a Gold award last year.

In 2015, with the help of the local Rotary Club, we built a Santa Sleigh, which toured the village after community Carol signing round the Christmas tree, with Santa’s helpers handing out sweets to the children. We are in the process of securing new Christmas Lights for the High Street for 2016.

All the above benefit the whole community plus a wider audience, attracting people to visit the village.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

We try to be as sustainable as possible, keeping bulbs, tubers and plants to be used in the following years, as well as dividing plants where possible. We need to buy compost and annuals for our summer and winter displays and containers. The wooden half barrels we bought 7 years ago are now beginning to disintegrate and desperately need to be replaced with containers which have reservoirs needing less watering and will last much longer. If successful we would use the award to buy replacement containers.

The population of Kinghorn is roughly 3,500 and our work touches everyone, including visitors. We have barrier baskets on a bend at the end of the High Street and it has been commented that it is a cheery welcome to the village, even on a dreary day. Many of the elderly residents say they look forward to seeing the hanging baskets being put up as it lifts their mood, indicating summer is on the way.

"Kinghorn in Bloom is the best thing that has happened to Kinghorn!

A lifelong resident of the village"

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