What is the Meadows in the Making project?

We’re delighted to be running an exciting landscape-scale project to create a network of meadow habitat in open spaces in and around St Andrews and Guardbridge for the benefit of people and pollinators.

Led by the University of St Andrews in partnership with St Andrews Botanic Gardens, Fife Council, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and Crail Community Partnership, the project will see a transformational change in land management, increasing biodiversity and sustainability.

Around 8 hectares of closely-mown grassland will be brought into management as meadow habitat. This will allow wildflowers to flourish, and attract a variety of wildlife to this important and threatened habitat. Woodland and hedgerows will also be created, even linking St Andrews and Guardbridge with a green corridor. Diversifying our open spaces will create rich, attractive places for people and wildlife to enjoy.

The change in management will help reach ambitious net zero and biodiversity targets. It will reduce carbon emmissions and help sequester carbon through the creation of new habitat. The project links in with Fife Council’s sustainable grassland management plans for the Kingdom, and the University’s aspirations to achieve Net Zero and manage 60% of land for biodiversity by 2035.

This will create a more resilient environment that can better adapt to climate change and offer us a range of important services such as pollination, flood alleviation and pollution filtration, as well as high quality greenspaces for health and wellbeing. 

This project is supported by the NatureScot Biodiversity Challenge Fund.

How can I get involved?

Meadows in the Making will offer lots of opportunity to get involved in practical activities such as hay raking and seed gathering, wildlife surveys and monitoring, events and training.

To find out more or get involved, contact info@standrewsbotanic.org or visit Meadows in the making – St Andrews Botanic Garden.

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