Our understanding of how plants are related to each other, how they interact, and where they come from is changing all the time. To explore these relationships, we are creating a new feature in the Garden that will recreate some of Fife’s most threatened habitats, ranging from woodlands to meadows and dunes.

The name of this area will be The Tangled Bank, taking its name from Charles Darwin’s description of how species are related. Drawing inspiration from Darwin, the Tangled Bank will be an ecologically vibrant place to learn about evolution and botany. Here, students of all ages will be able to study how our local plants respond to the changing climate and gain new insights into Fife’s nature. With boardwalks that take you on an immersive journey through the dunes that fringe our coast, through dappled glades and into the heart of the Garden, the Tangled Bank will be accessible to all and provide opportunities for long term collaboration across Fife and around the world.

Help the Tangled Bank come to life in 2021

Over the past year, we have faced many challenges and been preparing plans to develop the Garden so we can educate the next generation of gardeners: throughout 2021 the Friends and the Botanic Garden will be fundraising to support the creation of this new part of the Garden with sponsored walks, events and activities. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the Gift Shop or use the donation form here. Your gift will help us create the first part of these exciting new projects and support the future of this beautiful garden.

“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about…”  Charles Darwin, “On the Origin of Species”

The Tangled Bank will be in the heart of the Garden, placing our local wild plants at the centre of what we do. On arrival, visitors will be able to see scattered trees amongst wildflower meadows and through to the rock garden, woodland and herbaceous borders. With new meandering paths through the ‘C beds’ and Poplar Glade, we will refurbish the Learning Den and create a board walk that leads visitors through the sand dunes, bringing plants such as Grass of Parnassus and Pyramidal Orchids up to your eye height. Accessibility is at the heart of the design, making the Tangled Bank a place that everyone can enjoy.