St Monans is entered into the Beautiful Fife Competition where we hope to go for gold again and we are also entered into Beautiful Scotland for the first time.

A lot has been going on over the last two months in spite of the weather. As you would see in the press the new Serenity Garden has been beautifully planted up by thirty-five pupils from the primary school. They were keen, enthusiastic gardeners and beautifully behaved, a credit to the school, their families and themselves. The plants are now growing away and flowering as we get some sunshine and warmth. Three oak plaques have been added, Hope, Love and Peace, carved by Jim Hope. It is a lovely, peaceful, sheltered place to go and sit and the children are also enjoying it and go in to check on the progress of their plants. Thank you to all the adult helpers as well.

Colin Wilson has painted the boat royal blue ready for the jubilee and Vic Howie repainted her name, Marriain, in white this time so it stands out. Alan Walkinshaw, Colin and Rosalind have been busy growing, watering and feeding a huge number of plants in Vic’s  green-house for a special display in the boat for the jubilee and the Olympics. The pupils will be helping with the planting of the boat,  the barrels at the top of the village and Abercrombie Court. The hanging baskets will be put out in time for Sea Queen and the  new ones at the top of the village will be planted in colours for the jubilee. The barrels will be done thereafter. Chapman Mathers has been working away at the East Street garden.The new boat at the west pier has been planted up with butterfly and bee friendly sustainable plants which we hope will withstand the weather, and some Livingstone daisies from Bill Webster for cheery summer colour. The boat will have wild flower seeds sown round it by the children. All the wellie boots donated so far have been planted with violas or marigolds, to survive the winds hopefully, and will also have nasturtium seeds added to them by the nursery pupils to continue the floral display on the wellie walk into the autumn.  Wellies are still wanted please.  The four big brown planters on the west pier donated by Neil  Clark are being planted with a variety of themes, woodland, RHS wild flowers and  sea-side. Two of the beds in front of the school have had the old, diseased roses removed and after a lot of digging and raking, the pupils sowed both beds with a variety of wild flower seeds, some donated and the rest as part of the RHS wild flower project for the support of butterflies, bees and insects. The pupils have also planted up their herb bed for bees etc and also for using in their soup making .We were delighted that the school has achieved the final stage of the green flag scheme, well done to them and many thanks for their support to Beautiful St Monans. Many individuals continue to litter pick and keep areas tidy or pretty in their part of the village. Since the school campaign about dog pooh there has been a noticeable reduction. All this helps to  make this the beautiful village and community it is.

Please see Rena Ovenstone, Isobel Armstrong, Eleanor Mathers ,Rosalind Russell, Colin Wilson, Alan Walkinshaw, Cathy Walkinshaw, Peter Copland, George Brown, Iain Marr, Cameron Marr, Vicki Salvage or Win Brown with your ideas or suggestions for new areas or projects or if you are able to help at any time. All welcome, many hands make light work. Many thanks.



Jimmy Braid Garden

The Jimmy Braid Garden at the windmill looked very nice whilst the daffodils were in flower. The dead growth from last year was cut back and the area litter-picked by Colin Wilson mainly, with a little help from his friend, in time for the filming for the Coast programme by the BBC. Carrying all necessary tools along to the garden and  all the dead stuff and the bottles, cans and general rubbish back to the car park is no mean feat as we know and requires a number of journeys. There is no way round this as the path is blocked by a locked post thereby making it impossible to drive along.


It has been suggested at Community Council that the area is allowed to revert to the wild, with the addition of  planting some more bulbs, snowdrops, aconites, primroses, bluebells poppies etc and another place found in the village for the Jimmy Braid Garden, where the garden can be nicely planted for year round interest and can be much more readily maintained and used by St Monans residents, especially those who remember Jimmy. One suggestion is that another bed could be cut out within the hedges beside the bowling green and the other memorial, Serenity, garden where there are already benches and people could enjoy sitting there throughout the year. Another suggestion is that the garden at the corner of East Street and station Road could be totally over-hauled and replanted. This could be done as soon as there was agreement in principle by the community, in particular those people who made the original garden at the windmill, and there was agreement as to where the new garden should be. All suggestions to members of the Community Council please as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

News 19th November 2012


Since the publication of the last edition much has been achieved. Two new gardens have been dug out at the top of the village, edged with sleepers and planted up with plants donated by Lee at the top shop from her garden in Glenrothes. A party of strong gentlemen, George, Peter, Jim, Matthew, Allan and Colin went to Glenrothes and dug out the plants bringing them back in their cars and Colin’s trailer. They were planted in the two gardens by a party of strong women! Cathy, Jill and Win, helped by the men when they returned. There were enough shrubs to plant along both sides of the path to the fish sheds as well. The plants have had a harsh time since planting but we are hopeful they are hardy enough and will provide a nice show next year, helped by the lovely composted dung provided by Alan Stephen. Many bulbs, donated by Julie and Alan, have also been planted there. This has been a big project but should enhance that part of the village. Recently Allan has added two more brick edged little gardens which have still to be planted up.

 The boat has been emptied by Allan and Colin and planted up by Cathy, Allan, George and Win with spring bulbs, our own polyanthus which we grew on over the summer and winter flowering violas and pansies.

The hedges at the Serenity Garden/bowling green were very tall, shaggy and over grown. Because of their height the council were unable to cut them so George, Peter and Allan supervised by Vic spent some considerable time cutting the hedges, reducing them in height and width then shredding all the material which has been set aside for use as mulch in the spring. This was a big job requiring the use of scaffolding but has been well worthwhile. The hedges next to the bowling green have still to be tackled.

A new bed has been dug out in the grass opposite the Serenity Garden. It is also edged with sleepers and has benefited by a load of dung donated by Lindsay Ashworth. Plants have been ordered for it and will arrive in the spring when they will be planted by the pupils from the primary school. It would be nice to have another bench there for the summer next year when we hope it will be a nice little park and sitting area. As yet the garden doesn’t have a name but will do, after a competition which will be held at the school, when the pupils will be asked for their suggestions for a name for the garden.

There will be a new, small woodland garden under the trees where three thousand bulbs have been planted—- snowdrops, various types of crocuses, daffodils, Scottish bluebells, fritillaries and hundreds of anemones. Every child in the primary school planted up anemones and we look forward to the show next year. The nursery children also spent an afternoon planting bulbs in their garden.

The barrels have been emptied and many of them planted with spring bulbs and some with winter pansies. If we have the same autumnal/winter gales this year the pansies may not survive which is why we have only planted up some of the barrels. Other planting can take place in the spring.

The community garden at East Street has been overhauled by Chapman. This has been a huge job as well but is well worth it as it looks so much nicer and will be lovely next year.

 The geraniums and fuschias will be over wintered in greenhouse space provided by Rena, Isobel Clelland, and Sandra Wilson and the begonias and dahlias will be kept for next year as well keeping costs down.

Very small trees have arrived and these will be planted by time of printing as a final celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee by the Beautiful St Monans group ably helped by some of the pupils.

Many thanks to everyone for their hard work and donations of time, money, plants, bulbs, manure, machinery, equipment, advice and suggestions. Keep the suggestions coming in to Rena Ovenstone, Isobel Armstrong, Elinor Mathers, Cathy or Allan Walkinshaw, Colin Wilson, Peter Copland, Vic Bland, George or Win Brown.  Thank you.

Win Brown on behalf of the Beautiful St Monans group.




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