Kinghorn Community Land Association is a non-profit distributing company. Its objects are the advancement of environmental protection or improvement by acquiring, protecting and/or conserving land or land assets for the public benefit in or near to the Kinghorn community in Fife within the KY3 postcode areas of Fife in order to regenerate the community in such a way as will not adversely affect the rural environment.
2019 VISION AND GOALS
- To set up the eco cemetery and take a small number of bookings for burial plots
- To implement some of the planting scheme and support wildlife to thrive
- To raise the profile of the project and attract interest from potential funders and to raise enough to put in place the access road across the site, and car park.
The Cemetery Stakeout!
On February 23rd (2019) a group of KCLA members including some of the committee spent the morning staking out the Eco Cemetery land. The purpose was get a "feel" for how the pathways would look to visitors. Currently the "field" is overgrown with dead vegetation from last year. In the next few weeks it is intended to prepare and cultivate these pathways so that they are more accessible to casual visitors.
Working with The Ecology Centre
The Ecology Centre exists adjacent to Kinghorn Loch and, since the formation of KCLA in 2004 both organisations have been working in close harmony. Since the end of 2018 the management committees of both organisations have been forging an even closer relationship. Both boards have agreed that the registered office and administrative centre of KCLA can be at The Ecology Centre. As future developments take place it is anticipated that The Ecology Centre will offer office facilities and additional support such as management of KCLA volunteers.
Our Quest for Funding
- A drive is now on in Kinghorn to raise just over £0.5 million to build an eco-friendly woodland cemetery and ‘columbarium’ on the east of Kinghorn Loch next door to the Ecology Centre. Planning permission was granted by Fife Council for the project in September 2017.
- Kinghorn and the surrounding area has a pressing need for burial space
- It will be the first eco-cemetery in Fife and the columbarium, a memorial repository for the ashes of passed-away loved ones, based on the concept of an Iron Age ‘barrow’, will be the first of its kind in the whole of Scotland. It was designed by Simpson & Brown architects
- The project will be set up as a community not for profit enterprise
What are we doing!
The eco-cemetery and columbarium will be unique to Scotland, attracting visitors to the area and bringing income to local businesses. An estimated profit of £10,000 per year will be created for re-investment into community projects, the Common Good Fund and to contribute to combatting funeral poverty. We will include educational aspects around the columbarium, encouraging people to think in new ways about death and bereavement.
A small number of jobs will also be created to run and administer the eco-cemetery.
There are a number of stages by which we will raise the monies.
- Phase 1 - Hard landscaping
Capital costs of around £140,000 are needed for the car park and access road. We are applying to land fill tax funding but need 10% match funds before we can apply. We will do this through advance sales of a small number of burial plots and applying to other grant making bodies.
- Phase 2 - Greening the area
In May 2018 we received a provisional grant from Fife Environmental Trust (FET) for the planting scheme. We need to raise 25% matched funding.
- Phase 3: Building the columbarium
We need to raise an estimated £400,000 for this. We hope to do this through sponsorship, crowd funding and advance sales.
We have been awarded a small grant by the Lottery Awards for All to develop publicity materials and build a network of supporters.