Volunteers and other civic-minded residents have been very busy establishing new planters in the Lochgelly area.

Planters have now been placed at the Lochgelly Cross, Ore Valley Business Centre, the old Post Office, the main Co-operative building, Bank of Scotland, and outside Macaris Cafe.

Environmental action group ‘Growing in Lochgelly’ have been designing and building planters, with residents of all ages pitching in to help fill the planters with soil, shrubs and flowers.

Wendy Miller, chairperson for the group said:

Well done everyone! We made a great team on Saturday. Growing in Lochgelly would collectively like to say a special thanks to Billy Rolland for generously donating bedding plants, thanks to Johnny Schiavone from MGM who provided transportation for the group, and thanks to Frankie Hodge from Recycle Fife for donating top soil

Treasurer for the group, Dod Kinnell added:

Another wee part o’ Lochgelly brightened up by People Power!

The group was keen to highlight that all the planters have been designed and built by secretary George Elder from reclaimed and recycled wood sourced within Fife.

The group recieved extra support from Lochgelly Past & Present founder, Derek Johnstone and the group welcomed a new member Louise Connolly who joined in on the day. Thanks to Louise the group were also able to fill the empty brick planters at the Bank of Scotland.

We would like to thank Spirit of Lochgelly (https://www.facebook.com/Thespiritoflochgelly/ – login required) for the featured image, Growing in Lochgelly www.growlochgelly.org.uk, Ross Stirling from St Finnian’s and Lochgelly Community Councillor Carol Mackie for the additional photographs.

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  1. Lochgellian observer

    April 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Been out and about admiring the planters. Well done to everyone – looks like you had a ball! I’m sure you must be sick of people suggesting other bits of the town that need cheering up, so I won’t …
    But I hope you have got the full support of Lochgelly Community Council (did they contribute any of your funding?) and local Councillors.
    A true grassroots community initiative that is delivering without megabucks or a lot of PR spin.


  2. Liz Riley

    April 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    What a nice difference the planters make, bringing some colour to the town. Well done the volunteers! Nothing from LCC, and zero support from local Councillors as far as I’m aware.

    Shows how nice the town can look, how come its been so neglected over the years? Local residents can and do make a difference, well done!


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