Environmental

Below we have a list of all of our current projects that you can sign up for on our Union Volunteering portal, these are blurbs and if you want anymore information email svs@st-andrews.ac.uk

Zooinverse

Online self-led volunteering, low commitment with a wide variety of projects ranging from wildlife conservation in any part of the world to addressing climate change.

For more information, visit: https://www.zooniverse.org/

Sustainable Saints

We are a student-run startup in St Andrews aiming to help our student community live more sustainably. One small lifestyle change from you could make a large impact on our community. Our guidebook and Instagram page @sustainable.saints promote an eco-friendly lifestyle by providing easy steps to live more sustainably in St Andrews. Our community grab-and-go delivery service runs on student volunteers aiming to help their peers live more sustainably by picking things up for others when in town with reduced transport, packaging and pooled shopping. As Sustainable Saints, we aim to work with our community, for our community to help promote a sustainable lifestyle.

Hedgehog Campus

This is an initiative organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and it involves a team of volunteers undertaking set actions in order to achieve Bronze, Silver then Gold accreditation for the university. It will involve hands on conservation activities, campaigning and also potentially fundraising.

Ninewell Community Garden

Do you believe that nature and gardening can have a positive impact on wellbeing? Would you like to help us develop our garden and activities; ensuring that both visitors and volunteers can benefit from the tranquil surroundings, opportunities to learn. Various positions are avaliable but students who live in Dundee are preferred.

For more information, visit: https://ninewellsgarden.org.uk/getting-involved/

(Note: volunteering opportunities currently operate on a rota due to COVID-19. Please contact facilitator@ninewellsgarden.org.uk to arrange volunteering opportunities)

Green Corridors Project

St Andrews Green Corridors is a new, collaborative biodiversity project between St Andrews Botanic Gardens and the University of St Andrews. The objective of the project is to increase biodiversity and promote habitats along two habitat corridors within the town; Kinness Burn/ Lade Braes corridor and the North Haugh/ Swilken Burn corridor. The project aims to achieve this by developing a volunteer network, engaging with schools and community groups, engaging with landowners and developers and also working with Fife Council.

Planting saplings around St Andrews, especially Kinnessburn area and watering the saplings

St Andrews Sustainability Board

This project is only open to Environmental Sustainability Board members. Volunteering hours for coordinating Environmental Sustainability Board projects & initiatives, with the aim of furthering environmentalism and sustainability in and around St Andrews.

Botanic Gardens

St Andrews Botanic Gardens continues to provide an amenity in which to relax and enjoy the beauty, but also to provide a scientific garden for teaching and researching purposes. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available, particularly gardening sessions and volunteering in the butterfly house. Some volunteers go through the Botanics to volunteer with the Kernel (technically part of Transition)

Balgrove Farm

Balgove Farm is a farm shop located just outside of St. Andrews. Balgove Farm is looking for volunteers to help with growing their vegetables once a week.

Transition

​They have the following roles:

1) Green FIlm Festival Committee

2) St AndReuse Volunteer

3) The Tree Cooperative Member

4) Edible Campus Garden Leader

Check these out on their webiste

http://www.transitionsta.org/st-andreuse-volunteer

Sea Search

Seasearch is a project for volunteer scuba divers and snorkellers who have an interest in what they're seeing under water, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. 

The main aim is to map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the whole of Britain and Ireland. In addition we are recording what lives in each area, establishing the richest sites for marine life, the sites where there are problems and the sites which need protection.

http://www.seasearch.org.uk/

REUSE ORBIS

A youth-led initiative centered on combating e-waste globally and promoting the convergence of greed&good through social entrepreneurship Virtual volunteering mostly, roles include, running social media campaign, liaising with various organizations in the University to establish e-waste recycling

https://www.facebook.com/reuseorbis/

Hope Park and Martyr's Church Eco-Congregation 

Volunteers help with all eco projects in the church! So far, we have worked on recycling, hosting an eco fayre and creating a community garden behind the church.

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust

Volunteers help Ranald and other rangers with their beach cleans and conservation events. Volunteering is held (usually) weekly and volunteers can go as often as they like.

CLEAR Fife (Buckhaven)

CLEAR Fife offers various volunteering opportunities in Buckhaven & Methil. These include:

  • weekly community garden volunteering (every Wednesday & Thursday, any time from 10am-3:30pm)

  • special weekend events, such as coastal clean-ups or woodwork days

Buckhaven and Methil are accessible by bus or by car.

Find out more at https://www.clearfife.org.uk/

Cambo Estate

Cambo Estate is a historic house, which hosts events and the gardens are open throughout the year. Cambo take on volunteers to come and help out with the gardens as often as they can, and also to help out with special events as and when they happen (like the snowdrops festival in the winter) and events such as weddings.