About Us

Kinghorn Community Land Association exists to protect the rural environment around Kinghorn in service of the local community.

Our articles of association define our mission in more detail. These are some key elements:

Conservation

Conserving and protecting the natural environment and sites of local importance, for the benefit of the community.

Recreation

Providing recreational facilities or activities for the benefit of the local community.

Sustainable development

Promoting sustainable rural and urban development in and around Kinghorn, for the benefit of the local community.

Education

Offering local people opportunities to learn about Kinghorn’s environment, culture, heritage and history.

Land

Owning and managing land for the benefit of the community, for recreation, education, conservation and sustainable development.

Kinghorn Loch

Kinghorn Loch is already a popular area for many people: children, walkers, naturalists, boat-lovers, anglers, and other outdoor groups.

The Wild Meadow Eco Cemetery and columbarium will attract more visitors from Fife and beyond.

This will help to support Kinghorn’s local economy, bringing in income to local businesses and other charities operating in the area.

Our history

A timeline of key events in our history as an organisation:

  • 2004 – Following concerns over the future of The Ecology Cenre in its former site at Craigencalt Farm, a public meeting in March was attended by over 140 local people.
  • 2004 – A steering group was formed to explore how new community powers under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 could be used to help achieve the community’s aspirations for Kinghorn Loch.
  • 2005 – Kinghorn Community Land Association (KCLA) was formally established.
  • 2005 – KCLA registered an interest in land on the east shore of Kinghorn Loch under community right to buy legislation.
  • 2007 – KCLA successfully registered a community interest in a further 18 plots surrounding Kinghorn Loch. At that point KCLA had more registrations of interest than any other community body in Scotland.
  • 2008 – KCLA commissioned feasibility studies on possible plans for using the land around Kinghorn Loch.
  • 2010 – The east shore plot (now The Ecology Centre) was successfully re-registered.
  • 2012 – An application to re-register the other 18 plots was rejected by the Scottish Government.
  • 2013 – 4 key plots of land were registered once again, meaning the community had a “right to buy” option on 5 plots in total. The committee began negotiations on land purchase with administrators for Kinghorn Developments.
  • 2014 – The Ecology Centre purchased the plot on the east shore of Kinghorn Loch as a base for its new centre.
  • 2015 – With funding from the Big Lottery and the Scottish Land Fund, KCLA purchased the other 4 registered plots of land, totalling 10 acres.
  • 2019 – Following a community consultation, the name Wild Meadow Eco Cemetery was chosen.
  • Present day – KCLA committee and volunteers are working hard to finalise agreements with Fife Council and a range of local contractors to complete and open the new eco cemetery.
KCLA Committee

The committee is a group of local volunteers who serve as trustees of Kinghorn Community Land Association. We meet every month to catch up on progress and make plans for our next steps.

We’re always looking for enthusiastic people who would like to join! If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.

 

Get in touch