21 APRIL 2017 – “AND I WOULD POT 5,000 PLANTS ….”
Have you ever wondered what 5,000 plants look like (well, 5,107 to be precise)? That’s the number delivered this week to St Andrews in Bloom’s greenhouse at St Andrews Botanic Garden. Great progress was made in potting them on, helping the plants get ready for transplantation into planters and hanging baskets to be installed around the town in a few weeks’ time.
Our picture below shows volunteers John Sibbald and Christine and Dave Hulbert full of smiles – perhaps this was taken at the start of their shift!
14 MARCH 2017 – ‘PURPLE FOR POLIO’ SPRINGS TO LIFE
Do you remember this picture? Back in November, St Andrews in Bloom joined forces with the Rotary Club of St Andrews to plant thousands of purple crocuses at the town entrance alongside the A91 – all part of raising awareness of Rotary International’s campaign to completely eradicate polio from the world.
Four months later, Mother Nature has lent a helping hand to create this colourful display: Hooray for Spring!
13 DECEMBER 2016 – LIGHTING UP ST ANDREWS
St Andrews in Bloom, supported by BID St Andrews, has once again been helping light up St Andrews for the festive period. The group’s most ambitious winter project yet has seen around 30 obelisks and plant balls being lit up around the town centre.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from St Andrews in Bloom!
14 SEPTEMBER 2016 – ST ANDREWS SIX-SHOOTERS WIN MORE AWARDS
St Andrews has won no fewer than SIX awards in this year’s Beautiful Scotland and Beautiful Fife competitions. Representatives from St Andrews in Bloom attended the two awards ceremonies in Aberdeen and Glenrothes in recent days, bringing back the following haul of trophies:
- Beautiful Scotland Gold Award, Coastal Town Category
- Beautiful Scotland Gold Award, BID Category (BID St Andrews)
- Beautiful Scotland Wright Sustainability Award (St Andrews Links Trust)
- Beautiful Fife Gold Award
- Beautiful Fife Best Coastal Town Award
- Beautiful Fife Environmental Award (West Sands Reclamation Project)
PS – 27 October – a SEVENTH award has just been announced – congratulations to the Express Gardening Group on securing a ‘Level 5 – Outstanding’ certificate in the Beautiful Scotland ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Awards.
11 SEPTEMBER 2015 – SEEING DOUBLE AT ‘BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND’!
There was more success for St Andrews in Bloom at today’s Beautiful Scotland Awards in Perth! St Andrews won a Silver Gilt Medal AND the national VisitScotland Award for Tourism.
The judges said, “St Andrews in Bloom complements and supports the local tourism industry, with recent projects focussing on high-profile areas and ones heavily used by visitors. These include upgrading entrance points, transforming the harbour area, increasing the number of hanging baskets and planters in the main streets, working with tourism businesses to brighten up their shopfronts, working closely with the official Visit St Andrews website, planting for year-round colour, and working with St Andrews Links Trust to demonstrate to golfers how St Andrews cares for its natural environment.”
The photo shows St Andrews in Bloom volunteers Anne and Barbara (no they’re not twins, just sisters!) being presented with their awards. Cllr Liz Grant, Provost of Perth and Kinross, is in the striped jacket.
10 SEPTEMBER 2015 – ‘BEAUTIFUL FIFE’ SUCCESS FOR ST ANDREWS
This evening at the Beautiful Fife Awards in Glenrothes, St. Andrews In Bloom was awarded a Gold certificate (highest possible) for our overall efforts this year and also were the winner in the Coastal Town category – a fantastic achievement. Our group was also shortlisted in the Discretionary Awards scheme for Horticultural Achievement and Environmental Responsibility, but was just pipped at the post in both categories.
St Andrews was represented at the ceremony by Chairman Ray Pead and Carolyn Miller (pictured with the award certificates).
2 SEPTEMBER 2014 – ‘BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES’ LIFTED BY NEW DISPLAY
Pupils returning to Madras College in St Andrews after the summer holidays have had their spirits lifted by a new floral display outside the school’s historic buildings in South Street. A sparkling new planter has been gifted to St Andrews in Bloom by Madras College FP Girls Club. Many thanks for this generous donation, ladies!
28 AUGUST 2014 – TRIPLE SUCCESS AT ‘BEAUTIFUL FIFE’ CEREMONY!
St Andrews in Bloom has enjoyed triple success at this year’s ‘Beautiful Fife’ ceremony, held tonight (28 August) in Glenrothes.
- St Andrews repeated its 2012 and 2013 achievements by winning a GOLD award for overall achievement.
- St Andrews was named “BEST COASTAL TOWN IN FIFE” for the third year running.
- St Andrews also won a “SOMETHING SPECIAL” AWARD for its new sunflower display (pictured), planted out at North Haugh using over 6,000 marigold plants. The display commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition.
Furthermore, the excellent work undertaken by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and St Andrews Links Trust at the West Sands was acknowledged by being short-listed for Beautiful Fife’s discretionary Environmental Award.
St Andrews in Bloom was represented at the ceremony by Ray Pead (Chairman) and Jenny Sibbald. Ray has again thanked all those who have contributed to the continuing success of St Andrews in Bloom (see story below) and his delight was summed up by his comment when the “Something Special” award was announced – “YAHOOOOO!!”
29 JULY 2014 – CHAIRMAN THANKS ‘BLOOM’ SUPPORTERS
St Andrews in Bloom Chairman Ray Pead has issued the following message:
“A very sincere thank you to you all for your wonderful support, not just for yesterday’s Britain In Bloom judging, but also for the Beautiful Fife judging on 17 July and also for your efforts and support over the past year.
To our Bloom volunteers, who have worked so hard all year, your efforts have achieved great results and exceeded all expectations. Well done to you all.
At yesterday’s judging, we were so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of all the contributors and Jim and Nigel, the Britain in Boom judges, were similarly impressed and commented as such.
From the smallest to the largest contribution, together you have done St Andrews in Bloom proud. In fact, you have done St Andrews proud and helped make it a much nicer place for residents and visitors.
We are already looking at how we can improve for next year, but first we’ll take a well-earned breather and enjoy the blossoming floral displays throughout the town. We hope we will do well in both competitions, but will have to wait until September/October for the official results.
We look forward to your continued support over the coming year.
23 JULY 2014 – BIG DAY DRAWS NEAR FOR ‘BLOOM’ HOPES
The biggest day in the history of the “St Andrews in Bloom” campaign arrives next Monday (28 July) as the town prepares to welcome judges from the nationwide RHS “Britain in Bloom” competition.
St Andrews in Bloom has planned a 3½-hour tour on Monday which will showcase the town’s horticultural and environmental successes to the visiting judges. The tour – meticulously planned to the minute – will introduce the judges to representatives of local organisations who have been involved in environmental improvements and sustainability initiatives. Given that St Andrews is participating in the “Coastal Town” category, the judging visit will also be taking in the beach and harbour areas.
Ray Pead, Chair of St Andrews in Bloom, is eagerly anticipating the big day ahead. He explained, “The judges will be taken to see some of the projects undertaken in recent months, including the ‘edible planters’ sited at various locations, work carried out by community groups including local schoolchildren, and the newly-planted giant ‘sunflower’ at Petheram Bridge created from 6,000 marigolds. ”
He concluded, “All we need now is a little more of the St Andrews sunshine we’ve been enjoying lately, and everything will be perfectly set up to impress the judges on Monday!”
10 JULY 2014 – WHAT DO YOU DO WITH 6,000 MARIGOLDS?
….. you turn them into a giant sunflower, of course!
Yes, the secret is out. The thousands of marigolds that have been grown on at the St Andrews in Bloom greenhouse in recent weeks have now been planted out in the shape of a 12-metre wide sunflower, overlooking the Petheram Bridge car park at the main entrance to St Andrews.
The flowers should be in full colour by the time of the “Britain in Bloom” judging visit on 28 July, and then for the rest of the summer.
Thanks to all those who helped with the huge task of growing these plants, transporting them to the site and then planting them out.
2 JULY 2014 – HANGING BASKETS INSTALLED
One of the biggest tasks of the year was completed tonight with the installation of around 100 colourful hanging baskets around the town.
The baskets had been assembled by ‘Bloom’ volunteers at the Botanic Garden, and were then transported by trailer to their planned locations before being attached to lampposts. Many thanks to all who assisted, especially Allanhill Fruit Farm, who once again kindly supplied a cherrypicker and some staff to do the heavy lifting.
14 FEB 2014 – BLOOM FACEBOOK PAGE IS UP AND RUNNING
The new St Andrews in Bloom Facebook page is now up and running!
We’ll be using this page as a way of communicating news, reaching new audiences and also as a means of displaying more photographs of our activities. If you are on Facebook, please “like” us and encourage others to do the same!
31 JAN 2014 – ST ANDREWS TO REPRESENT SCOTLAND IN ‘BRITAIN IN BLOOM’
St Andrews excelled in the national Beautiful Scotland competition in 2013, but is aiming even higher this year. It has been confirmed that the town will now represent Scotland in the 2014 Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition – one of Europe’s premier horticultural campaigns. St Andrews will compete against St Peter Port (Guernsey) and Sidmouth (Devon) in the coastal towns (population over 12,000) category.
St Andrews was one of the four joint winners of the top award in Beautiful Scotland 2013. The expert judges who visited the town commented: ‘The St Andrews in Bloom committee put the icing on what was already a very attractive cake with magnificent floral displays which complement the natural heritage. The group is working closely with a wide range of the community, and has established productive vegetable growing areas and edible containers.’
This year, St Andrews in Bloom will have the opportunity to showcase its achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and, of course, horticultural achievement to judges who will visit in late July/early August.
Ray Pead, Chairman of St Andrews in Bloom, said, “It is an honour to be selected to represent Scotland in this UK-wide competition. Entering Britain in Bloom is another big step upwards for us and whilst in some ways it is quite a daunting challenge to be competing against towns from much further south, it is one which our team of volunteers will relish. The positive feedback from last year’s judges has boosted our confidence, as has the tremendous support we have received from many local people, businesses and organisations.”
Continued Mr Pead, “We will be using the months ahead to further improve floral displays and public spaces right across the town, and this year we will be adopting a vibrant colour scheme featuring lime greens and golds – recognising that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Britain in Bloom.”
“However, most importantly of all, we hope that the whole community will get behind the campaign and work together to make St Andrews an even more clean, green and beautiful place. With everyone’s support, there is no reason why we can’t do ourselves proud.“
2 DEC 2013 – ST ANDREWS IN BLOOM CAMPAIGN LOOKS AHEAD TO 2014
After a highly successful year in 2013, St Andrews in Bloom campaign is already planning its 2014 activities – which will include representing Scotland in the Britain in Bloom competition.
Local ‘Bloom’ volunteers were thrilled with their achievements in recent months, topped off by St Andrews being joint winners of Beautiful Scotland’s highest accolade, the Rosebowl Trophy. However, more volunteers are still needed as the town seeks to improve still further in the year ahead. Even a few minutes’ volunteering per week can help make a big difference!
Everyone interested in lending a hand, becoming a sponsor, or simply finding out more, is cordially invited to attend the St Andrews in Bloom AGM on Thursday 12th December at 5.30pm in the Best Western Scores Hotel. Refreshments wil be served.
20 NOV 2013 – BLOOM GROUP SUPPORTS FESTIVE LIGHTS CAMPAIGN
St Andrews in Bloom has lent its support to the St Andrews Festive Lights Campaign by organising and installing new lights for the ‘obelisk’ planters in the town centre and the Melville-Whyte Memorial Fountail in Market Street.
Though the actual cost of the lights will be met from the overall Brighter St Andrews charitable fund (managed by St Andrews Partnership) these new lights would not have been installed without the hard work and enthusiasm of Carolyn Miller and Jude Innes from the ‘Bloom’ Group. Thank you, ladies!
PS – Large crowds turned out on St Andrew’s Day to see the lights switch-on, which was followed by a parade led by Madras College Pipe Band and an open-air ceilidh in St Salvator’s Quad attended by well over 1,000 people!
These events were a good example of how different groups in the town can achieve even more when they collaborate and help each other. St Andrews in Bloom was pleased to paly a part in a very succesful day.
10 SEPT 2013 – ST ANDREWS DOES IT AGAIN AT ‘BEAUTIFUL FIFE’ AWARDS
St Andrews in Bloom has repeated last week’s Beautiful Scotland successes with a great showing in the annual Beautiful Fife Awards. At tonight’s ceremony in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, St Andrews won a Gold Award and was adjudged ‘Best Coastal Town’. More news and photos as we get them, but in the meantime, well done to all (again!).
6 SEPTEMBER 2013 – NATIONAL AWARDS “BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS” SAYS CHAIRMAN
St Andrews is celebrating the announcement today that the town has not only won the “Best Coastal Town” accolade in the 2013 Beautiful Scotland Awards, but is also the joint winner of the country’s top Award, the Rosebowl Trophy.
At a ceremony this afternoon in Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, St Andrews in Bloom representatives proudly collected both the Rosebowl (shared jointly with Dufftown, Perth and Pitlochry) and the much-coveted “David Kerr Coastal Resort Trophy”.(Photo shows Izzy Corbin and Jenny Sibbald (far left) with the other Rosebowl winners).
St Andrews in Bloom achieved the top mark possible, a Gold Award – a level that has never before been reached by the Fife town – and will now progress to represent Scotland in the 2014 Britain in Bloom Awards.
Mr Ray Pead, who chairs the St Andrews in Bloom campaign, reacted with delight to the news:
“I am absolutely thrilled with today’s awards, which exceed our wildest dreams” he said, “and what makes it even more pleasing is that two of our hardest-working volunteers, Jenny Sibbald and Izzy Corbin, have been able to go to Aberdeen to receive the trophies first hand. They – like all of our volunteer team – work incredibly hard throughout the year, through all weathers, to ensure that St Andrews looks at its best. These awards are a fantastic morale-boost to all of us at the end of a long year, and I suspect the team will want to have a small celebration in the near future!”
Added Mr Pead, “I must also pay tribute to our many sponsors, donors and other helpers who have offered us financial and other support this year. These national Awards, and the UK-wide recognition of St Andrews which will now result, would simply not have happened without their generosity. We hope that they too will be able to enjoy today’s great news, and appreciate the part they have played in it.”
“But most of all this is an award to, and for, the people of St Andrews,” concluded Mr Pead. “so we’d like to thank everyone who has played a part – churches, schools, students, businesses – including our brilliant supporters at Allanhill Fruit Farm – bodies such as Fife Council, the University and the Links Trust, and the ordinary citizens who take time to care for their town. Everyone has worked together for the common cause of St Andrews in Bloom, and the outcomes are now there for all to see and enjoy.”
30 JULY 2013 – ‘BEAUTIFUL FIFE’ JUDGES COME TO TOWN
We were pleased to welcome three ‘Beautiful Fife’ judges to St Andrews on 26 July.
As the picture shows, the sun shone brightly and the judges met a selection of our ‘Bloom’ team, as well as representatives from our partner bodies, during their three-hour tour.
Thanks to everyone who helped out and we’re going to do it all again tomorrow (31 July) for the Beautiful Scotland judges!
24 JULY 2013 – WELCOME TO OUR JUDGES!
St Andrews is preparing to welcome the judges from both “Beautiful Fife” (26 July) and “Beautiful Scotland” (31 July) who will be visiting the town.
They will be undertaking three-hour tours to view the work of the St Andrews in Bloom group and associated organsiations who have been assisting our efforts in the fields of horticulture. conservation, environment and education.
The heavy rain showers this week do not seem to have damaged the floral displays too much. Our photo shows the lovely front garden at Hope Park Church being spruced up this afternoon by volunteer Frank Leslie.
16 JULY 2013 – NEW PLANTERS FOR TOWN CENTRE
Two stunning new planters have been installed in Market Street, in the centre of St Andrews. The galvanised containers incorporate a central “pyramid” feature which will help the floral features achieve more prominence in the crowded streetscape. Until this year, our planters have all been fairly low-lying and were often hidden by parked cars. From now on, our efforts will be more visible than ever before!
1 JULY 2013 – A BEAUTIFUL START TO MARRIED LIFE!
Earlier this year, the St Andrews in Bloom team revitalised an area of land at St Andrews Harbour which had been allowed to deteriorate. The idea is to allow native species, such as sea thrift, to flourish in this coastal habitat.
We went down to take some photos of the completed project and were unexpectedly joined by a newlywed couple, who obviously found the scene just as attractive as we do!
We hope that their marriage flourishes as much as our reclaimed area of land seems to be doing!.
19 JUNE 2013 – WELCOME TO UDDINGSTON PRIDE
St Andrews was very pleased to welcome a group from our west coast colleagues Uddingston Pride – enjoying a day trip which was kindly provided to them by Scotrail. The group enjoyed a sunny day wandering around the town,and were joined by St Andrews in Bloom’s Izzy Corbin, who pointed out some of our group’s achievements.
Sandy Robertson from Uddingston Pride said,
13 JUNE 2013 – THE YOUNG GENERATION
The next generation of “Bloomers” are certainly in good hands at Canongate Primary School in St Andrews. the school has been a big supporter of all things sustainable for several years – including running three horticultural groups for children of different ages.
St Andrews in Bloom volunteer Marysia Denyer recently visited the school to pass on some green-fingered guidance to the budding Bloomers. See the “Education” page of this site for more pictures.
6 JUNE 2013 – EDIBLE GARDENS ATTRACT ATTENTION
In an innovative venture, two “edible gardens” have been installed in Kinburn Park, St Andrews. The attractive wooden planters contain a variety of herbs, leaves and other edible delights, and local people are being encouraged to harvest and enjoy the natural produce.
The planters are a project of the Express Group (Fife) Ltd, a charity which supports people with mental health problems, and were installed in conjunction with St Andrews in Bloom. The idea is very much in keeping with RHS Britain in Bloom’s “Edible Britain” theme for 2013, promoting the benefits of growing and eating our own food.
Many thanks to Henry Paul for all his hard work in delivering this imaginative project. If you are interested in assisting the Express Group Gardening Club, which meets in St Andrews on Thursday mornings, please call Henry on 07977 131635 or Jill Anderson on 079070 111822.
29 MAY 2013 – BASKETS GALORE!
No fewer than 102 hanging baskets have been planted up in the last few days – a great effort by the team of green-fingered volunteers!
The baskets (plus 7 wraparounds) are now being nurtured in the polytunnels for around three weeks, before they are transported down to the town for hanging – another big job lies ahead, but it will all be worthwhile when the baskets are in full bloom.
Even the weather has been good recently, so everything’s looking good for the summer.
19 MAY 2013 – POLYTUNNELS MOVE INTO PRODUCTION
Great news – the two polytunnels at Craigtoun have been covered and are now in productive use. Once again, our thanks go to Henry Paul, Tom Wood and the team from Allanhill Farm.
The polytunnels have been kitted out with pallets and trestles – a bit makeshift for now, but it works! – and a water supply has been made available. As the photo shows, plants galore are now growing fast in their new home – protected also by around 50m of rabbit fencing, which has been installed around the ends of the tunnels.
16 MAY 2013 – WET WEATHER FAILS TO DAMPEN SPIRITS