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Bid to restore historic Fife doocot given cash boost

The doocot has seen better days.
The doocot has seen better days.

A bid to bring a historic Fife doocot back to its former glory has received a cash boost.

Boarhills and Dunino Community Trust has just been granted a conditional award of £49,700 from the Fife Environment Trust towards the restoration of the B-listed doocot on the Trust’s land at Boarhills, which was the subject of a community right to buy in 2018.

Ruined doocot at heart of Boarhills improvement bid

The plot was purchased with assistance from the Scottish Land Fund with the intention of creating a green space that could be used by the community and visitors, on the popular Fife Coastal Path.

Proposals to revamp the doocot, which is believed to date back to the 17th century, were at the heart of the Trust’s wider ambitions and the funding is a huge step towards breathing new life into the area.

Louise Roger, trustee with Boarhills and Dunino Community Trust, said Fife is famed for its doocots but a significant proportion are in a poor state of repair.

“It is our intention to make the building open and accessible to all once restored, so we can share this fabulous aspect of Fife’s heritage,” she said.

Since the land was purchased, the local community has transformed the site from derelict scrub covered land to a well-kept community orchard.

A hedge has been planted and the intention is to provide seating and orientation information for walkers.

However, the community identified restoring the doocot from its current dilapidated state as a priority.

Together with local fundraising, just under £68,000 has been secured, with additional awards from the St Andrews Community Trust and St Andrews Heritage Trust.

The target is £78,000, based on fully costed plans for the restoration, and further funds are being sought so that the work can get under way early next year.

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