The role of the local community is an integral part of St Andrews in Bloom’s success. Many of our community projects are led by St Andrews Community Council, including the following:
As part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Community Council, in conjunction with Fife Council and the Woodland Trust, organised the planting of a St Andrews’ Jubilee Wood. The Wood is located on the land between the Western Cemetery and the Kinness Burn. The St Andrews Links Trust and University Estates Department had already cleared the site and Fife Council provided the money to purchase the stakes and guards.
The Community Council organised a planting day on St Andrews Day (30th November 2011) and a massive 120 volunteers turned out to help. These included volunteers from the local community, the local primary schools, Madras Eco club, St Leonards’ School pupils and students and staff from the Transition team at St Andrews University.
For a gallery of pictures from this great day which epitomised what the St Andrews community is all about, visit this site.
In 2010, the St Andrews Orchard Group began the planting of a Commonwealth Orchard, to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland. The location is Stanks Park, behind Lamond Drive and Kilrymont Drive – making the orchard easily accessible to a large proportion of the town’s residents.
The first 30 trees were planted in 2010 and 50 further trees – a mix of apple. plum, pear and cherry – were planted in March 2011.They should be beginning to produce harvests by the time of the Commonwaelth Games! This was another fantastic effort by local goups including Madras College Eco Club, St Andrews University staff and students, Greyfriars and Canongate Primary Schools and adult volunteers.
The vision of the Commonwealth Orchard is to create many small orchards, across Scotland and beyond, allowing children and families to enjoy fruit grown and picked near to where they live.
This project is in concept stage and should be implemented later in 2012. Fife Council has granted permsiion to proceed, funding applications have been made and some seed planting should take place this autumn, ensuring colourful results in 2013!