Old roots, new shoots
The Coronavirus has meant that we have had to close to the public temporarily and change our maintenance programme, and this presents a wide range of challenges to the Garden. Whilst we are determined to do everything we can to welcome people to the Garden soon, we are not yet sure when this will be, and it is essential that this is only done if it can be done safely. The steps we’ll need to take will include widening paths, making some areas one-way only, carrying out new pruning and planting projects, providing new hygiene resources for visitors, staff and volunteers, and making new signs around the garden to explain how to maintain social distances in the Garden. The movement restrictions impact everyone in the community, and as these restrictions begin to be lifted there will be a huge pressure to visit green spaces, so it is essential to get this right.
In response to these challenges, we are launching the Old Roots, New Shoots fundraising campaign to support both the Garden to adapt to these new measures and also so that we can help individuals and community groups around Fife to develop their own green spaces by sharing our plants.
If you are able to help, please do so using the form below – all donations will be very gratefully received. You can enter whatever amount you like but as a thank you for supporting us, we have some suggestions:
- For every donation, we will write a personal thank you.
- For every donation over £15, we will provide a selection of education resources for a group of your choosing (including field guides, posters, or age-appropriate botanical toys).
- For every donation over £30, we will provide 6 plants for you or someone you nominate (enough for 1-2m sq. in a garden bed).
- For every donation over £50, we will provide 15 plants either to you or someone you nominate (enough for 4m sq. in a garden bed).
- For donations over £150, we will provide a personal two hour consultation at a garden of your choosing in the St Andrews area, discussing possible plant combinations, management techniques and how to tackle thorny problems.
The plants will be available for collection as soon as we open again but we may be able to arrange delivery within the St Andrews area for those that are not able to leave their homes.