The opportunity to buy it for the community arose because Lovells, the homebuilder developing the Lochside Grange Estate, had applied for a building permit for seven additional homes on land north of Oak Street.
These homes are no longer moving forward and Lovells contacted KCLA to purchase the land for the community instead.
KCLA is a charity that exists to protect the environment by acquiring and / or retaining land or assets for the public good around Kinghorn and to assist with regeneration in a way that does not adversely affect the rural environment.
This movement fits perfectly with this philosophy.
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Julie Farr, President of KCLA, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have reached the fundraising goal.
“We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to help secure this land for the community of Kinghorn.
“We received a generous donation of £ 4000 from an anonymous donor, which matched every £ raised that pushed us in total.
“After our Away Friends Week bulb planting event in early November, we received more donations that day which helped us reach the goal.
“The Wild Meadow Eco Cemetery is slowly becoming a reality – our vision is to be a beautiful, peaceful yet accessible and vibrant place to be remembered by people; provide a sustainable balance between environmental, educational, economic, recreational and social benefits; to be enjoyed by all residents of Kinghorn and beyond. “
And she added, “This year we’ve planted over 3,000 trees, over 2,000 spring bulbs and secured the land north of Oak Street as a green space for Kinghorn, we’re making progress, and we couldn’t have done it. do without the support of all. .
“Our small group of volunteers have worked hard to try and get funding to create the eco-cemetery trails, and will continue until we are successful as there is a real need for burial space in Fife. “
The anonymous donor explained why he wanted to help the association in its fundraising: “I wanted to support the purchase because I think it is a great opportunity for us to buy this land which is important for the community. Owning it will allow us to manage the land for generations to come.
Alan McIlravie, Provost, Kinghorn Community Council, was delighted to hear that the fundraiser had hit its mark.
He said, “The community of Kinghorn is thrilled to hear that our community land association has met their money goal to purchase this land.
“This piece of land fits into their work to provide a beautiful funeral and commemorative space that will bring together all faiths and non-beliefs.
“It is a place to rest in peace, surrounded by a beautiful loch and countryside. It will be a joyful place for families to visit and spend time with their memories.”