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Kinnesswood in Bloom

09 January 2015

Kinnesswood in Bloom (KiB) was established in 2005 by residents inspired to build community spirit and enhance the local environment and is going from strength to strength. 

In 2014, it won Best Small Village and Best Community Involvement at the Take a Pride in Perthshire Awards, as well as scooping up £1000 and a trophy for the Best Community Ryder Cup Display.

The group is made up of fourteen members who meet every month to create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in projects which help make Kinnesswood a more pleasant place to live, work and visit. 

Volunteers and members carry out regular maintenance tasks such as watering, weeding, and dead-heading around all project areas in the village. Local residents have also shown great support for the group by donating bulbs which have been planted around the village. They also arrange an annual spring clean to keep the town in prime condition, harnessing a real sense of pride which has helped Kinnesswood earn the Best Kept Large Village in Kinross-shire award for the last three consecutive years!  

Kinnesswood school children are encouraged to take part in projects too, such as helping with composting and raking up leaves – simple tasks which keep the area looking good and help teach them to respect and care for their environment. Kinnesswood in Bloom (KiB) have also offered work experience to students aiming for Duke of Edinburgh awards. 

As well as various practical projects, KiB also organise social events throughout the year to bring volunteers, members and residents together to have fun and build community spirit, such as ‘quiz and curry nights’, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony (with mulled wine and mince pies!) and a ceremony to commemorate the great war on Remembrance Sunday. 

In 2013 the group was awarded a £463 from the Kinross-shire Fund towards an art project to celebrate the Year of Collages1Natural Scotland. The grant helped towards the cost of producing and installing semi-permanent boards on the walls of the newly-refurbished bus shelter in the heart of the village. 

The boards featured artwork produced by Portmoak Primary School children which was inspired by local wildlife.  The children worked with staff from the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage who provided information about the flora and fauna around Loch Leven.  Further research was carried out by the children, and their parents, as part of a ‘whole school’ homework exercise.  

Norma Smith, Vice-chairperson at KiB said, “We were very pleased to receive a grant from the Kinross-shire fund towards the art exhibition. The display was greatly admired and gave local people and visitors a greater awareness of the diversity of the flora and fauna around Loch Leven.”

"Beautiful! Love the children’s work – well done”
Visitor to Kinnesswood

Kinnesswood in Bloom is without doubt an integral part of the local community and is committed to making Kinnesswood a vibrant and enjoyable place to live, work and visit for many years to come. 

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