Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Beautiful Fife judges are descending on Lochgelly today to score the work of residents and local environmental group ‘Growing in Lochgelly’ with the group hoping that the efforts of residents and volunteers will secure the town a new Beautiful Fife award for 2017. Volunteers from environmental group Growing in Lochgelly have been working throughout the Lochgelly area, planting out neglected areas and installing planters through the main thoroughfares of the town. Hoping to build on the successes of last year which seen the town get it’s first ever Beautiful Fife award (bronze), the enviro group hope that it’s latest efforts will strike a chord with Beautiful Fife judges who will be assessing the efforts of the volunteers and efforts of residents. Growing in Lochgelly spokesperson Dod Kinnell says: “Any award received from Beautiful Fife is a welcomed recognition of the hard work and efforts of our volunteers and support of local residents. Beyond the award, we have been very grateful for all the help and support we receive on a daily basis from local business owners and residents, with everyone coming together to improve the look of the town through environmental improvements. It is this support network and the local improvements that is the most important aspect of our work and which makes our collective efforts really worthwhile.” The judges are visiting Lochgelly today (24 July 2017) with local volunteers keen to showcase the town and work they have been progressing to develop a community garden in the near future. Mr Kinnell adds: “Getting planters on the street and enhancing neglected areas was our most immediate priority and it is hoped the judges will recognise local efforts to improve the locality. Apart from continued maintenance, volunteers will now be focussing their attention on developing our initial plans for a bio-diversity community garden.” It is expected that Beautiful Fife will announce the awards in the next couple of months.