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 our carbon footprint and benefit the health of the community.
Edible Campus is funded by 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, local and out of town residents as well as young children.
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.
To get involved, simply go to a garden session listed on our Events Calendar or contact project coordinator Andrea Roach: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 and offers more of a social setting. If you are out in the garden on your own, 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.
Regular Summer GARDEN SESSIONS:
(updated May 2017- check list of events for ad hoc sessions)
The GreenHouse & The Kernel (St Andrews Botanic Garden): Wednesday 12:00-15:00; Thursday 15:00 -17:00; Sunday 12:00-14:00
Community Garden (by the Observatory): Wednesday 14:00-16:00 (16:00 – 18:00 in Summer)
University Hall:Ad Hoc
Computer Science:Ad Hoc
John Burnett Hall: Ad Hoc
Agnes Blackadder Hall:Ad Hoc
Careers Centre Garden:Ad Hoc
Gannochy Garden:Ad Hoc
The English Garden:Ad Hoc
St Gregory’s Hall: Closed due to building work
St Regulus Hall:Every Second Wednesday 15:30-16:30
St Mary’s Quad: Every secondWednesday 13:30-15:00
Albany Park Garden: Thursday 12:00-14:00
Gatty/Scottish Ocean Institute Garden: CLOSING
DEAN’S COURT: Wednesday 14:00-15:00
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.
1. THE KERNEL & GREENHOUSE
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. The Kernel can be accessed by following the path through the herb garden to the service area from the main entrance to the garden during business hours. We meet Sunday’s from 12:00 -2:00pm at the plot.
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. Join us Wednesday’s from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
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 hear including birds, frogs and even red squirrels! We meet Wednesday’s from 2:00-4:00pm ( 4:00 – 6:00pm beginning 24th May, 2017)
The Uni Hall Garden began growing in 2013 and continues to have a very dedicated team of volunteers lead by 4th year Student Charlotte Davis. The garden uses permaculture principles in their 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 Wednesday’s from 2:00 -4:00 pm during term time.
For Weekly updates, check out Charlotte’s Blog!
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 here.
The John Burnett garden is located at the back of the Hall along the far wall. The plot is led by second year student Abigail Humphries. 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 once a week, on Friday’s from 3:00 -5:00pm during term time.
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. The garden is currently looked after by keen gardener and staff member Linda Nicolson. For a great way to spend your lunch hour, come along to the garden sessions once a month on a Friday from 12:00 – 1:00.
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 session during term time on Saturday’s from 1:00 – 2:00pm.
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 my staff member Susan Manley. During Spring and summer there is a garden session once a month on a Friday.
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 and look out for wild straberries too. The group meets every Thursday from 10:00-11:00am during term time.
The St Regs garden was established in 2015 by the Hall Committee. The group built three raised beds next to the wall of apple trees. and enjoyed a good first harvest. The garden session here is fortnightly on a Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00pm.
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. As this garden is locked, it is only used on occasion to grow food with students.
13. 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, black currents, rhubarb, raspberries, apples and the largest strawberry patch from all the gardens. The garden in located at the far left of Albany Park if you were facing the sea. Growers here meet every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 12:00 – 2:00pm. (Summer term times may vary)
14. THE GATTY
The Gatty is part of the Scottish Oceans Institute and was the smallest of Edible St Andrews plots. Due to developments on the site, the garden will no longer be used by Edible Campus.
15. DEANS COURT
The newest garden is at Dean’s Court. The team have been busy clearing the site and recently put together some raised beds from wood harvested and cut at Pittarthie Farm. Sessions are lead by garden leader Laila Attala and run on a Sunday during Term time (summer times may vary). See event Calendar from exact timings.