For over 550 years the University of St Andrews would have grown food to feed its staff and students. In a relatively short space of time we have changed to grow more grass than veg whilst losing our connection with fife’s rich farming history.
The Edible Campus project aims to reinvigorate our skills, knowledge and interest in eating more locally. By increasing the amount of food grown within St Andrews we can reduce out carbon footprint and benifit the health of the community.
Who We are
Edible Campus is funded by both the Climate Challenge Fund and The University of St Andrews. The project has two part-time staff and a large number of volunteers including students, staff and local residents.
Growing food takes a lot of work and would not be possible without the St Andrews community and the many hours put in by volunteers and garden leaders who are keen to get involved whether it is to learn new skills, increase physical exercise, enjoy the outdoors of simply for the fresh, organic produce.
Edible Campus works with a number of local food groups to plant and grow food as well as groups such as Re – harvest, Veg Soc and the Pop Down Cafe who take the time to prepare and cook snacks and meals to share with others.
To get involved, come along to any of the garden sessions listed on our Events Calendar or contact Andrea Roach: firstname.lastname@example.org or Helena Simmons: email@example.com for more information.
OUR GARDEN SPACES
There are 15 Edible Campus gardens which are located all over town and include sites at the St Andrews Botanic Garden, University Halls and Schools, two orchards and the original Community Garden off of Buchanan Gardens across from the observatory.
The Kernel is one of the newest gardens set up in 2016 and is located at the back of the St Andrews Botanic Garden which includes the greenhouse, a garden plot and an indoor shed space which is the hub for our ToolShare scheme and Skillshare events. The Kernel can be accessed via the gate on the Viaduct Walk during session times.
THE TRANSITION GREENHOUSE at the St Andrews Botanic Garden is where is all begins. Here, we begin sowing seeds and continue to ring them up until they are ready to be distributed across St Andrews. In the summer this Edible St Andrews spaces is dedicated to hot house foods such as tomatoes, cucumbers, chilli and aubergines.
The Garden sits between the sports fields with the gated entrance attached to the Sustainable Development building across from the observatory. There is lots of wildlife to see here including birds, frogs and even red squirrels!
The Uni Hall Garden began growing in 2013 and continues to have a very dedicated team
of volunteers lead by Frankie and Freyja. The garden uses permaculture principles in it’s design and is an excellent source of rhubarb, apples and autumn raspberries.
The plot can be found at the back of the building beside the tennis courts where the team meets Wednesdays from 2:00 -4:00 pm during term time.
4. COMPUTER SCIENCE GARDEN
The garden is located at the side entrance of the building and consists of three raised beds with an apple tree in the centre. The garden is lead by staff member David Letham who likes to grow carrots and potatoes. Although there is no regular session, the team will meet a couple times a term to work on the plot and share food with fellow staff members. See our events calendar for any scheduled sessions.
The John Burnett garden is located at the back of the Hall along the far wall.
This Garden has an great selection of herbs which are always available including rosemary, sage, parsley, chives and lemon balm. The garden session is runs on an ad hoc basis, see Events calendar for next session.
The ABH garden is located behind the bin store at the far end of the building and closest to Andrew Melville. The garden is now on its third growing season and is led with the help of Environmental Rep Cammy Sriram. The sessions run on an ad hoc basis, see Events calendar for next session.
7. THE CAREERS CENTRE
The Careers Garden is hidden at the back of 6 St Mary’s Place. It is a very peaceful and historical walled garden with two raised beds dedicated to food, a few fruit bushes, three old apple trees, some rhubarb, a number of potted herbs and a couple of picnic tables to sit and relax. The building itself was commissioned by famous local photographer and earliest members of the St Andrews Horticultural Society Thomas Rodger. For a great way to spend an hour, come along to the garden sessions See our events calendar for any scheduled sessions.
Gannochy Garden is another excellent spot to take a break for lunch and why not pick your own salads and herbs while you’re there. To find this garden, go through the arch ways under Gannochy House on North Street. The plot is looked after by Haley Arnold who runs a garden sessions as listed in the events calendar.
9. ENGLISH GARDEN
The English Garden is located behind Castle House at the School of English. It is a beautiful and tranquil garden with a single raised bed dedicated to Edible growing. The small pot is looked after by staff member Susan Manley.
10. ST GREGORY’S QUAD
St Gregs garden is located at the back of the main St Gregory’s building in the quad. There are three blue raised beds and a number of potted plants. The growing space is small but there is still a good amount of food grown. There are plenty of herbs for anyone to enjoy throughout the year.
11. ST REGULUS HALL (THE ANNEX)
The St Regs garden was established in 2015 by the Hall Committee. The group initially built three raised beds next to the wall of apple trees, and increased the growing space by an additional bed in 2017.
12. ST MARY’S
St Mary’s Quad is an old garden with fabulous trees rare to see anywhere else in St Andrews. In fact this location was the original home of the St Andrews Botanic Garden. The vegetable garden is being developed as a no dig site and is being extended as time and compost allows. As this garden is locked, it is only used on Wednesdays 1:30-3pm (fortnightly over summer) to grow food. Everyone is welcome to join in.
13. DEAN’S COURT
14. ALBANY PARK
This garden began in 2012 as a project for residents to get together and learn to grow their own food. The site has grown very well and had 6 main beds and loads of fruit along the perimeter including, currants, rhubarb, raspberries, brambles and the largest strawberry patch of all the gardens. The garden in located at the far left of Albany Park if you were facing the sea. Growers here meet every Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
GarDEN SESSIONS: Where and When
If the gardens are accessible, anyone is welcome anytime. Most of our gardens have regular garden session to join either weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the season. Remember to sign in and note the weight of your harvest with the book and scale provided. Some gardens will have a list of things that can be done if out on your own. See our Events Calendar for up to date information on garden sessions.