Summer springing up at Craigtoun . . .

The repaired and repainted gazebo
The repaired and repainted gazebo

preparations at Craigtoun Park are springing up for the summer.

Fife Council garden staff are hard at work at the country park outside St Andrews repairing some of the recent storm damage to the gardens, and work on the shattered glasshouse is almost complete.

Regular visitors will be pleased to learn that the stumpery has been restored, along with the much-loved gazebo in the boundary wall.

New features this year include a fledgling wildflower meadow to attract butterflies and insects, and a small orchard.

Applications from businesses interested in running the miniature railway and other attractions - including putting, boating, catering and ice cream concessions - were due in to the council by the end of April, and an announcement regarding the successful contractors is expected shortly.

ACTIVITIES

Volunteers from the newly-formed Friends of Craigtoun are also putting their heads together to come up with a programme of activities for all ages.

Planned events for the forthcoming season include an afternoon tea in the park on Sunday, June 17, and weekly story-telling with Sheila Kinninmonth during the school holidays.

Still in the planning stages are behind-the-scenes tours of the park and guided walks, plant sales; and a range of musical events.

An information event will be held in the park at 7pm on Thursday, May 17, and everyone interested in a tour of Craigtoun, volunteering or simply finding out more is very welcome to attend.

The park will remain free to enter all year, with visitors welcome during daylight hours.

Craigtoun was originally part of the Mount Melville Estate. In 1947, 47 acres were purchased by the local aurhority for £25,000.

A series of gardens of contrasting styles have been created around the park and are maintained by gardeners all year round.

The two ponds in the park were man-made by the Younger family, previous owners, which included construction of the Dutch Village - a small island in the centre of one of the ponds which is painted white and has two turrets with small rooms.

For more information visit fifedirect.org.uk and friendsofcraigtoun.org.uk.