THE communities of Central Fife produced some excellent results at the the annual Beautiful Fife awards ceremony was on Wednesday night to thank volunteers for their efforts keeping Fife looking beautiful!

Local communities gathered at the Rothes Halls with Provost of Fife Jim Leishman to be honoured in the Beautiful Fife Towns celebration.

The communities were judged earlier this summer and were assessed on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement.

The fifty participating communities were each presented with their certificates and a number of other Two communities received discretionary awards and in the Heritage category both Kelty and Crossgates were joined by St Andrews in being honoured.

There were excellent performances from the other greening groups and the local roll of honour was, Benarty, Silver Gilt; Cowdenbeath, silver gilt; Cardenden, Silver Gilt; Crossgates, Gold; Kelty, Lochgelly, Silver; Kelty, Silver Gilt

Keith Jackson, Fife Council's Parks and Community Events Officer said: “The communities throughout Fife faced the unusual challenge this year of spectacularly warm weather and I have to take my hat off to their ability to ensure that their plants did not suffer and continued to flourish.

“Beautiful Fife is about so much more of course and it was refreshing to see how the communities engaged with young people and also concentrated on the biodiversity of their local areas. In my opinion they are all winners!”

As well as floral impact the communities are assessed on their environmental responsibility and overall community involvement.

Congratulating the winners Provost Leishman said: “Fife boasts many talented gardeners and, as ever, the standard from entrants this year was very high. "Congratulations to all the winners for their enthusiasm, imagination and skill!”