The launch of its community garden will be at the heart of a family fun day at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Elmwood Campus on Sunday.
A desire to help local people with their gardens – and encouraged by the success of the campus allotments – led to the construction of the community demonstration garden in the campus grounds.
It was built by Elmwood’s grounds manager David McIntyre, groundsman Barry Hamilton and many horticulture students.
The ‘outdoor classroom’ will be open to all budding gardeners from beginners to those with experienced green fingers. Advice, tips and classes will demonstrate different techniques throughout the year, ranging from pruning and planting through to herbs and hanging baskets.
Ann Wood, senior tutor, has recently taken on one of the campus’ allotments herself and is looking forward to learning some new tips
“I have only had my allotment here at Elmwood Campus since January and I am really keen to learn more,” she said. “I am quite new to this so the advice sessions will be excellent. With around 20 allotments on the campus grounds it’s a sociable place too.”
The open day is designed for all the family and will include a plant sale, craft stalls, barbecue, external exhibitors, children’s entertainers and much more. Elmwood’s Rural Skills students will also present a cheque to Elie Brownies for the sum they raised by creating and selling Mother’s Day baskets.
For school leavers or people thinking of a career change, information about jobs, training, and courses at SRUC will be available. Funding advice will also be available. People who are interested in part-time study and the short courses available at Elmwood are also invited to find out more at the open day.
The open day at Elmwood Campus, Carslogie Road, Cupar, this Sunday will be from noon to 4pm, with the community garden’s official opening at 2pm.
Dave and Barry will be offering advice and tips every Saturday morning from 30 May. To find out more, see SRUC Elmwood’s facebook page or email Dave and Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org.