Elmwood campus buzzing as Busy Bees’ garden opens

Children at the Busy Bee Nursery at Elmwood Campus helping to create a garden
Children at the Busy Bee Nursery at Elmwood Campus helping to create a garden

The official opening of an award-winning garden is among the highlights of an open day to be held next weekend at Scotland’s Rural College Cupar campus.

The event, which takes place on May 25, is the first open day to be held at Elmwood since its merger with Barony, Oatridge, and the Scottish Agricultural College in 2012.

Being held between noon and 4.00 p.m., the day will give visitors the chance to explore the campus grounds, find out about the courses on offer and take part in a number of activities.

Children’s attractions include a children’s entertainer, face painting, bouncy castle and juggling workshop. Also taking place will be the official launch of the Royal Horticultural Society award winning Busy Bee Garden, created and developed over the last two years by the Busy Bee nursery children, Elmwood staff and students and local high school pupils.

The local community involvement in the project has been recognised by the RHS, who have awarded the project a level 5 award Royal Horticultural Scheme “Campaign for School Gardening”.

The Elmwood horticultural department set aside an area of land for the pre-school children to develop their own garden with the advice of horticultural lecturer Bruce Robertson.

The garden includes a woodland walk, and guided tours will be available on the day along with the opportunity to buy plants.

Staff from the Elmwood golf course will also be on hand to provide information about membership to golfers of all abilities, and visitors can have a go on the putting ladder and mini putting area.

“I am sure it will be a fantastic day for all the family and I look forward to meeting as many visitors as I can,” said Carol Borthwick, Dean of the Elmwood Campus. “It is great to be opening our doors once more to this very popular event.”

Other attractions will include a barbecue hosted by the hospitality team and their students; cookery demonstrations; advice on lawns from a ‘turf doctor’; a variety of stands, and entertainment from the Yvonne Gray Dance School.