Beautiful Fife Judging Report: HOW/WHY Gold Was Awarded


Name of entry:  Anstruther Judging Date:  19th July 2018
Category:  Coastal Town Judges:  Peter Howden & Tom Leatherland


SECTION A – Horticultural Achievement:  Assessing year-round horticultural achievement including conservation and natural areas.
A1. Impact – design, colours, appropriate choice of plants, special features, presentation, innovation 20 19
A2. Horticultural practice – cultivation and maintenance, quality of plants, sustainability, new planting 20 18
A3. Residential and Community Gardening – residential, communal areas, allotments, public buildings (grounds of churches, schools etc.), car parks 20 18
A4. Business Areas and Premises – retail and shopping areas, leisure sites, transport terminals, car parks, farms, rural businesses, pubs, post offices, tourist areas/attractions, offices, estate agents etc. 20 18


A5. Green Spaces – verges, parks and open public spaces 20 18
TOTAL POINTS AWARDED FOR SECTION A —  50% of maximum points 100 91


SECTION B – Environmental Responsibility: Assessing year-round activities improving environmental responsibility.
B1. Conservation and biodiversity – wildlife areas, natural habitat 10 8
B2. Resource management – recycling, minimising demand placed on natural resources and any harmful impact on the environment 10 7
B3. Local heritage –management and development of local heritage and/or identity, inclusive of natural heritage 10 9
B4. Local environmental quality – management of vacant premises and plots, litter, graffiti, fly-posting, dog fouling etc. 10 8
B5. Pride of place – management of street furniture, signage, art in the landscape and hard landscaping 10 8
TOTAL POINTS AWARDED FOR SECTION B —  25% of maximum points 50 40


SECTION C – Community Participation: Assessing year-round community participation
C1. Development and continuity – Development and sustainability of the local initiative and evidence of on-going projects 10 7
C2. Communication and education – community awareness and understanding, engagement with schools and young people and/or other community groups, press coverage, publicity materials 10 8
C3. Community participation – community involvement is representative of the community’s size and diversity 10 9
C4. Year-round involvement – schedules of events and supporting evidence of year-round activity 10 8
C5. Funding and Support – initiatives to secure on-going support for the local  campaign including local business support 10 8
TOTAL POINTS AWARDED FOR SECTION C  —  25% of maximum points 50 40





AREAS OF ACHIEVEMENT —  Anstruther is a delightful coastal town, and the welcoming aura is greatly enhanced by the floral displays work of numerous separate groups of residents and Fife Council. As the local economy is heavily dependent upon tourism, this is of crucial importance.  The significant number of boats and fish-boxes featuring in the displays reflects the important sea-fishing heritage of the village.

The work of the local groups is funded and co-ordinated by the Community Council, which also liaises closely with Fife Council. Money is raised through council grants, coffee mornings, through local businesses and Anster Community Kist, the community shop.

The western entrance to the town on the A917 provides a vibrant and extensive display including a dinghy, and numerous planters, window boxes and hanging baskets. Maintenance of many of these was helped by an innovative irrigation system. Award of a ‘Green Tourism’ award to the Spindrift Guest House there is also strongly positive. Other businesses in the village, such as the Dreel Tavern and The Bank also have their own colourful displays, often of window-boxes and hanging baskets because of the lack of pavement space for tubs.

The key harbour area and shops along the front are brightened by three 3-tier planters paid for by the Centre Trust, and 20 colourful hanging baskets.

Development of an allotment area, with communal sheds and tools (there are no individual huts), and involvement of both primary and secondary schools in using allotments demonstrates good co-operation, community spirit and involvement.

Good links are maintained with the primary school where we were shown a well maintained and colourful display dinghy and vegetable garden within the school grounds.

Perennial wildflower areas in Bankie Park provide good insect and wildlife habitat. The nearby ‘Youth Garden’ project has been developed this year.

The Cellardyke area has its own set of several artistic and colourful displays maintained by residents there, including a novel ‘floral cart’ and planted potato boxes reflecting the farming heritage of the area. ‘Bee-friendly’ plants have been used wherever practical to help these key pollinators survive.

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT —  Plans of staff of the local Co-op shop to further extend the colourful displays centred on the dinghy on the B9131 entrance to the town are welcomed; also extension of the daffodil planting further along the road from Pittenweem.

Plans for fruit bushes to be included along a new ‘edible route way’ (to Kilrenny) are positive and ambitious and can hopefully be progressed during the coming year.

Possible deeper involvement of businesses, especially along front, to help ensure continuity of funding if Council grants are further cut.