ROSYTH'S community garden has been used as a "playground" for vandals throwing fruit and kicking plants.

Staff and volunteers at the EATS Rosyth Community Garden and Centenary Orchard have implored for parents to remind children not to enter the area in the evenings.

In a post on social media, the team said that young people had been caught pulling fruit from trees to throw at each other and that the incident had been reported to police.

They wrote: "Our staff and volunteers have and continue to work exceptionally hard to make our Community Garden and Centenary Orchard into the lush and beautiful spaces we have grown to love and enjoy as a community, places where free events are held for all to enjoy.

"Unfortunately, recently, we have seen young people using these spaces, in the evenings, as a playground, pulling fruit from trees to throw at each other, kicking plants etc."

Workers will now padlock the gate when not on site in a bid to stop young people getting inside.

The post continued: "We implore parents to remind children not to go into these areas in the evenings and cause damage.

"Please note, these areas have CCTV cameras installed, which are monitored.

"Police have been notified of yesterday's incident.

"We have taken the difficult decision to padlock the gates when staff or volunteers are not on site.

"Thank you for you continued support."

EATS Rosyth is part of Rosyth Community Projects Ltd (RCPL), a community-led, anti-poverty charity that focuses on growing, cooking and sharing food locally across their three sites in the town: the community hub, community garden and centenary orchard.

The team opened the doors to their new community hub, in the former Clydesdale Bank building on Queensferry Road, earlier this year.

It includes a surplus food sharing space, two small meeting rooms, a board meeting room, a hot desk area and an industrial kitchen, all available to rent out to groups and individuals.

Also on site is The Living Room Cafe, complete with a large seating area, a kids play corner and customer toilets, including a large accessible toilet with a shower.