Bounty on the Beach

Having just joined the Transition team, I am enjoying getting to grips with the seemingly infinite diversity of strands of work that we do. Last week’s University of St Andrews Orientation Week made for a perfect if exhausting showcase. I love cooking and I am always looking for some unusual (and free) ingredients so one of my favourite events was the Beach Food Forage Skillshare session, led by Read More…

Volunteer profile: Pam, the Skillshare sewing guru

We have asked Pam, who helps out with our Skillshare sewing workshops, to tell us how she got into repairing and upcycling clothes. Here is what she said: As a war baby, I grew up in an environment when of necessity as little as possible was discarded. Old sweaters were unravelled and the wool reused, socks darned, elbow patches added, clothes unpicked for fashionable patchwork or rag rug mRead More…

Refreshers Week with Transition

Happy New Year 2017, and welcome back to St Andrews! Refreshers Week is just around the corner, and Transition has quite a number of events lined up. There’s something for everyone, and a comprehensive list can be found below. Like to get down and dirty, grubby and muddy? Come to one of our garden sessions. Need some household items FREE of charge? Come to the St And Re-Use Giveaway. Feeling Read More…

A Week in Transition: reflections from our new Research Facilitator

Katherine is the newest addition to the Transition team. She has recently finished a PhD in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews on domestic energy demand and expectations of home comfort. You can find more about her research on her website and Katherine tweets as @Ellsworth_Krebs. Email her at ke68@st-andrews.ac.uk. In just a week I have been Read More…

Summer internship with Transition

Transition UStA is looking for a summer intern to undertake market research linked to our new Low Carbon Hub (skillshare and growing  project) at the St Andrews Botanic Garden. This is a great opportunity to take on a marketing role within a small organisation where you will consider who your audience is, how they can be engaged in your message whilst generating new media to publicise and attractRead More…

Autumn in the Gardens

There are lots of practical sessions coming up this Autumn in the Edible Campus. From taking fruit cuttings to soil maintenance – its a busy time. We have harvested well over 200kg of veg so far this year across the campus and also harvested over 200kg of fruit from the Orchard and there is still plenty more to come. Join us in the garden for these practical sessions. Autumn Sessions BuiRead More…

Fruit tree pruning workshop

These two short practical workshops will teach you some basic skills for winter pruning of apple trees. With two community orchards in St Andrews you will get an opportunity to prune young trees at Stanks Park and mature trees in the wonderful Old St Leonards school Orchard . Both sessions are free and will be led by Gerben de Vries from the Newburgh Orchard group . Some tools provided but pleaRead More…

Get involved

So hopefully at some point this week you’ve chatted with someone about Transition’s work and are feeling highly enthused. If you’d like to get involved in the work of Transition, why not try our Volunteer Intern Programme.   Last year we kept getting asked by people how they could get more involved in Transition on a more permanent basis. We were super excited about your enthusiaRead More…

Wild Food Walk

Transition have teamed up with marvellous St Andrews Fine Dinning people to host a Wild Food Walk. This will be taking place on Sunday 18th November at 11.30am starting from the entrance to Cockhaugh Park on Ladybreas . Led by the knowledgeable  Fife Ranger, Tony Wilson, we should be able to forage for some seasonal foods including fungi, berries and leaves as well as learn about other wild fRead More…

A Gift is for Life, Not Just For Christmas

‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle’ is the mantra of any sustainable waste guru and certainly in recent years we have all become more aware of what happens to our waste. Last year the University recycled 65% of all waste and there are now many opportunities to responsibly dispose of your waste throughout the town. Recycling, however, is only one chapter in the story of waste reduction. Not least becauRead More…