Wed 21 Jul 21
The Petheram Bridge Flower Bed provides both a stunning and memorable entrance for visitors to St Andrews and especially so during the summer months with the beds displaying a bright, inviting bouquet.
Tourism St Andrews’ (the St Andrews local tourist association) committee members and volunteer supporters have been working hard over the past couple of weeks during the extremely hot weather to ensure that the Summer 2021 Petheram Bridge flower beds once again are displaying the town’s warm welcome to residents, day and staycation visitors.
Last year’s flower bed design and planting organised by the association supported ‘Stay Safe’ messaging, with the planting of the bed in line with the successful ‘Stay Safe St Andrews’ campaign launched by the team in the summer of 2020. This year’s flower bed messaging, which will be highly visible once the flowers bud, follows that same important message to residents and visitors – “Enjoy St Andrews, but Stay Safe!”
Tourism St Andrews committee member Amanda McFarlane has been behind the planning, raising of funds and planting project to support this year’s floral display. The committee were hoping to have the flower bed in place at the beginning of the summer season, however, due to delays in obtaining the funding for the purchase of the plants and the time required by the supplier to prepare the plants, the flowerbed was put in place on the 15th of July.
Commenting on this year’s flower bed project, Amanda McFarlane of Tourism St Andrews said: “It’s exciting to see the start of the flower bed project which Tourism St Andrews together with the Hamish Foundation and support from Fife Council localities budget, the University’s Community Fund and the R&A Towns Fund has made possible. It was a busy week with myself, family and friends involved in the weeding and cutting back of the surrounding vegetation. It was hard work especially in the extreme heat that week, but the effort made a huge difference to the overall completion of the bed.
“Later in the week it was a great team effort made possible only by the support received from friends, co-committee member Lorraine Garvie from the Fairmont Hotel, her family and the Clean and Green team, as well as Fife Council who were wonderful at showing us how to plant correctly. Roger Honeyman was hugely helpful getting things organised for storing the trolleys and getting the bed watered. And last but not least, thank you to Jerry Beaulier who made us the 2 paddle boards which are crucial pieces of equipment for anyone considering planting another flower bed!”
The project was funded by Tourism St. Andrews, Fife Council, the R&A, the University of St. Andrews Community Fund and the Hamish Foundation, and Tourism St Andrews would like to extend a massive thank you to all of them for their financial and resource support, and also a massive thanks to the Links Trust for ensuring the flower bed will be watered regularly for the coming months ahead.