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A Growing Garden Team

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Date 17 November 2023

We are delighted to welcome three new members of staff to our Garden team this autumn!

Laura Camfield and Lindsey Stainer-Lie have joined our Nursery & Facilities Team as Plant Nursery Horticulturists and Beth King has joined as our Garden & Conservation Apprentice.

We’re excited to have them all on board and look forward to sharing what they get up to in the Garden throughout the seasons with our Friends, visitors and supporters.

Laura Camfield - Plant Nursery Horticulturist

Laura has joined the nursery team as part-time Horticulturist while she continues to study for her HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Laura previously worked with The National Trust for Scotland at Falkland Palace where she learned a broad range of horticulture skills but most enjoyed propagating and growing on new plants which prompted her move to learn more here at St Andrews Botanic Garden. Laura's favourite plants include Echinacea, Magnolia, and Erythroniums. As well as spending time in her own garden, Laura enjoys mountain biking and skiing with her kids.

Beth King – Garden and Conservation Apprentice

Beth is at the beginning of her horticulture career, having been studying Horticulture with the British Academy of Garden Design part-time for the last 2 years, her role here at St Andrews Botanic Garden is her first full time position. She also volunteers with the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust working across Fife on various conservation projects, as well as being a registered Tree Warden within Fife, championing trees and tree planting.

Having previously had her own fitness and personal training business, as well as working with OnFife within Fife’s libraries and galleries, Beth decided to make a career change into horticulture. She has had a passion for plants, gardening, nature and the outdoors her entire life, with the desire to make a career change into horticulture coming to a head in lockdown. Her main interests and passions stem from using gardening to positively impact on the environment to help combat the climate change emergency, providing habitants and resources for wildlife, as well as the health and wellbeing benefits it holds for individuals. She is particularly interested in creating gardens and spaces which are not only visually beautiful but are also useful and functional for humans and animals, growing all kinds of edibles and versatile crops. Beth has the ambitious goal of becoming self-sufficient on her own land in the future, and currently enjoys growing as much of her own vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers as possible. Professionally her goal is to become a Head Gardener within a Botanical Garden or National Trust Garden and is thrilled and honoured to have got the opportunity of an apprenticeship at St Andrews Botanic Gardens.

When she is not in the garden, either at work or at home, Beth can be found exploring the coast and countryside, bird and wildlife spotting, swimming in the sea, hunkered down in her ‘art studio’ painting and drawing, or behind a drum kit.

Lindsey Stainer-Lie – Plant Nursery Horticulturist

Lindsey has worked in horticulture for the last 12 years in a variety of roles. Early in her career she undertook a traineeship in Glasshouse Horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and is thrilled to finally be back in a botanic garden and to be joining the team here at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

Lindsey has a passion for propagating and raising plants and is excited to be part of the growth and development of the Nursery Team. In her most recent job prior to starting at St Andrews, she worked for three seasons as a grower of cut flowers and vegetables at Largo Walled Garden. This was an exciting and creative role, and she hopes to bring flair and creativity to the nursery team.

Before moving back home to Scotland in 2020, Lindsey spent 7 years working as a gardener at the University of the West of England in Bristol. As well as getting stuck in with lots of general gardening graft, she also established an Edible Campus project and looked after the campus Community Garden. She loves meeting new people and the social elements of gardening, and very much looks forward to meeting the wider community here at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

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