St Andrews Botanic Garden was a-flutter with excitement this week as it unveiled its new theme for next year and one of its highlights.
As part of the 2016 programme theme of ‘Pollinators’, the garden will be opening a new Tropical Butterfly Experience, helped by a £10,000 donation from St Andrews Community Council.
This will allow visitors to the Garden to get up close to the butterflies in a lush tropical setting, learn the story of plants and pollinators and find out why maintaining habitats is so important, both to wildlife and humans.
Opening in March 2016, this exciting new exhibit will be the highlight of the season for the Garden.
During the winter a major project will be undertaken to transform the former Orchid House into a beautiful home butterflies such as the blue morpho, swallowtail, the moon moth and others from Africa, South East Asia and the Americas.
This new interactive experience will enable visitors to come face-to face-with the tropical butterflies and take part in fun activities that will teach them more about these spectacular creatures.
James Hearsum, director, said: “The Botanic Garden is excited to be bringing a fantastic interactive experience to St Andrews in 2016.
“Butterflies, bees and other pollinators are critical to our food supply, our beautiful natural Scottish habitats and our enjoyment of summer, but they are under threat themselves.
“Not only will there be giant colourful butterflies from the tropics, but the garden will be working to develop conservation activities and plantings for our local endangered species.
“We are delighted that St Andrews Community Council is acting as a lead supporter of this exhibit.”
The Botanic Garden is excited to be bringing a fantastic interactive experience to St Andrews in 2016.James Hearsum, director
Over the coming months the Garden will be fundraising for additional support, providing exclusive opportunities for early involvement in the programme.
It will also be looking for volunteers to convert the glasshouse and develop educational and conservation content for this project.
The 18-acre Garden, often described as the hidden gem of Scotland, in central St Andrews is home to nearly 8000 different species of plants, from towering coastal redwoods to tiny flowers from some of the highest mountains in the world,
It was on the brink of closure until a new charitable trust was created in partnership with St Andrews University, the owners, and Fife Council, who support it financially.
Since then it has been enjoying record visitors.
Anyone interested supporting the project financially, or with their time and expertise, should contact the garden on firstname.lastname@example.org