Local community groups use the botanic garden to benefit the people of St Andrews and the surrounding areas.  St Andrews Botanic Garden have dedicated a space in the garden to be used by many of these groups.

Listen to this interview with James Hearsum, Director on our struggle to find relevance, how you take on climate change locally, and how from Scotland to the Bedouin of Jordan it's often trust and relationships that matter most. 

Urban Farm Events and Activities:

Veg Growing Month by Month –

Come along to this informal discussion on what you can do in your garden this month. This will include a detailed list of what crops to sow, harvest, specific things to look out for and certain tasks that can be done. If you have any lingering questions or problems, here is a good place to ask!

First Wednesday of the Month at 4:30pm, the Kernel

Crop Focus -

Delving into the growing of specific vegetables, focusing on one Group per week.  The course includes practical work.

Tuesday September 24th, from 2-4pm, weekly for 5 weeks at the Kernel’s Urban Farm 

Grow at Home Course –

Detailed 5 week course for anyone looking to start their own vegetable garden. How to improve your soil, sowing methods, planning practices and more!

Starting October 29th, weekly for 5 weeks at the Kernel’s Urban Farm 

For booking, contact Elliott  [email protected]

Other groups who share the community hub: 


The Edible Campus Project


The Green House: Wednesday 12:00-15:00; Thursday 3:00 - 4:00; Sunday 12:00-14:00

St Andrews in Bloom


Beekeeping Fife


Men’s Shed


St Andrews Environmental Network