St Peter's Episcopal Church, Inverkeithing
Hope Street, Inverkeithing and Inverkeithing High School, Hillend Road                             


Green Gang History

Our story

The Inverkeithing Green Gang was an environmental group based in St. Peter’s. Here is its story.

How we began

Jamestown Pond was formed at the end of 19th century from a disused clay pit. 

Over the years it had been neglected and had been used as a dump.  Dorothy Macdonald, one of our members, remembers going to the pond to collect frog spawn and felt sad to see it being so clogged up and ruined.

Dorothy decided to set up an environmental group to clean up the pond and in April 1991 the Green Gang was formed, from church members and with some people from the wider community.  We consulted the Fife Park Ranger, Richard Smith, who told us that it was one of the best ponds in Fife as it had a good variety of aquatic plants and wildlife, some unusual types of dragonfly, damsel fly and two species of newt.

At the time, the group Scottish Conservation Projects had introduced “Operation Brightwater”, a scheme to encourage people to open up overgrown ponds and streams.  Using the grant provided to buy some tools such as forks, spades and muck rakes, the Green Gang was set up. 

We had to wait until the breeding season was over, so in the winter of 1991, under the direction of a Fife Park Ranger, church members, along with members of other environmental groups in the area started work clearing out the rubbish that had been dumped and cutting back plant growth.  We continued to meet regularly over the winter and in September 1992 our efforts were rewarded when we received a top environmental award from the British Gas Grassroots Scheme.  Eight years later in April 2000, we received another award. This time from Fife Council who gave us a Certificate of Achievement for “protecting and enhancing Fife’s environment”. Both certificates are displayed in the church hall.

Other projects

We have also been involved in other conservation work such as:

· A litter pick at the Keithing Burn,

· Rhododendron clearing in Fordell Firs. 

The present

The Woodland Explorers from Dalgety Bay pond dip in the pond from time to time. When they visited during May 2009 they caught 30 newts of two different species.

Although the Green Gang no longer do any outdoor work the Scottish Wildlife Trust Fife and Kinross hold meetings to which a speaker is invited. A meeting was held in the Church in 2009 when the speaker was Jean Stewart, who talked about the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s small reserves in Fife.

Contact

For more details, see Dorothy Macdonald or get in touch through All Souls Fife.

 






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