Kinnesswood in Bloom
The main aim of the group is to make the village a great place to live. They have a great working partnership with the people who live in the village, both with financial help and helping to looking after the gardens and the village. They also have a good working partnership with the local primary school; some of the group members in normal times go into the school and work with the children, showing and helping them to understand about gardening and the local environment, how to use recycled products where possible, and looking after the wildlife in and around the school and village.
In 2022, Kinnesswood in Bloom won the Beautiful Scotland Discretionary Young People Award: One of the lasting memories of any visit to this Kinnesswood is how they connect with their local primary school. This relationship is not contrived; it matches the current primary school curriculum, and, how gardening with this cohort is delivered by members of the group, is a benchmark for all primary schools to follow. The atmosphere is relaxed and, even though at the time of the judging visit it was the school holidays, the Head Teacher and fifteen or more pupils were there to talk about what they grow, sowing dates, when they harvest them and which ones are their favourites to eat.
In 2021, Kinnesswood in Bloom were joint winners of the Community Involvement Award: Kinnesswood in Bloom involves all ages in the community, whether it’s youngsters through food growing and teaching lessons virtually during lockdown, creative residents through artwork to celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters, or history buffs through restoration of the local museum’s garden, there’s something for everyone.