Growing in Lochgelly was formed in October 2015 in part as a response to the priorities for action that was identified through the Lochgelly Community Action Plan.
At a public meeting for the Community Action Plan, the group pitched the floral displays to members of the public in attendance in the hope to access local funding to carry out the project.
The project gained public support and the group was awarded £1,500 to carry out a range of environmental improvements across the town.
Our first project was to put planters at Lochgelly Cross, which was welcomed warmly by residents. Passing residents participated in the planting at the Cross.
The planting scheme was extended to Ore Valley Business Centre, a seating arrangement placed at the old post office, planters and tubs extended down to the Macari’s café and Lochgelly Centre.
Shop and business owners contributed to planters that were placed outside their premises.
The Bank of Scotland were also approached and volunteers planted out the area outside the bank. This area had been neglected for many years.
Working with the South primary school, volunteers and pupils planted out areas at Lochgelly War Memorial and Lochgelly Fire Station.
Sadly, three board members stepped down from their roles during 2016, Wendy Buchanan, Eileen Charity and George Elder. Their contributions were valued and played integral roles within the group.
We recently filled these roles and welcomed Shona McPherson “Chair”, Conor Watt “Secretary”, James “Jim” Johnston “ Board Member”, onto the group, to help take the project forward.
Special thanks must be given to active member Alex McDonald “ Macari’s Sweets and Ices -Main St, For continuing to work on the planters during the winter months.
Also Sandy Ritchie who became an active member and has given us half of his plot ( potting shed ) until we secure a place of our own.
Recently the work of Growing in Lochgelly was included in the application for a SURF Award, and the work of the group with many others in the local area was officially recognized with Lochgelly winning the SURF award for most improved town in Scotland.
Currently, our volunteers have been preparing the tubs during the winter to be ready for the planting season. Hopefully we will fulfill our pledges to the staff of the shops and businesses this year. We have many projects in the pipeline and have been grateful for the community support to date.
We look forward to another busy year of planting and other environmental projects in 2017.