Save St Andrews Botanic Garden......
St Andrews Botanic Garden is under threat of closure due to insufficient funding. It was established by St Andrews University in the early 1960s and for the past 25 years has been leased to the local Council who have funded its maintenance and development as an educational and community facility. The lease runs out later this year and the Council is no longer willing to cover all of the running costs.
The Garden is an absolute gem and a wonderful biodiversity resource. It contains >8,000 living plant species, i.e. ~3 times the total number of plant species occurring naturally in Britain. These are displayed in diverse open habitats (Heath, Rock, Woodland and Water) and a range of different glasshouse environments (Tropical, Temperate, Alpine and Hot Desert). It is located in the midst of St Andrews and is open daily to the public!
You can sign a petition against the closure of the Garden by going to http://www.st-andrews-botanic.org and clicking on "Sign the Save the Garden Petition". Couldn't be easier. The petition closes on 5 May and will be presented to the University in June together with a business plan for the Garden's future development.
Dr Daniel Barker
Lecturer in Biology
University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland :