Over the last two and half years, The Friends of Craigtoun Park have worked tirelessly to save a wonderful local space and bring back the activity, the attractions and the fun that have always been an integral part of Craigtoun Country Park. For many local people and summer holiday makers to the town, the park holds childhood memories – an unforgettable part of growing up in St.Andrews. I can remember many hours spent splashing in the boating pond, racing pedalos and making stories sat on fat toadstools, later performed in secret in the hidden amphitheatre. The open grassy spaces combined with the rocky gardens and greenhouses filled with exotic plants, have always provided the perfect combination for games, races and childhood exploring. The trampolines, the train, the crazy golf and the boating pond are exactly what weekend and after school adventures are made of. However, over the last five or six years, the park has been increasingly threatened with closure. In 2012, The Friends of Craigtoun came together to try to make sure this didn’t happen.
Through hard work, determination, fundraising and council grants, the Friends of Craigtoun have brought the park back to life, reviving many of the traditional attractions as well as creating new ones – Including Puffin’ Billy, a 1950’s tractor perfect for trips around the park. The council still beautifully maintain the gardens and land, as the Friends continue to expand the parks facilities and opportunities – New trim trails and zip wires are the latest addition. The Friends of Craigtoun are a volunteer team and they have invested their own time and energy into bringing back a little piece of St.Andrews. In addition, their hard work has allowed the park to grow, providing employment and new opportunities for local people. Every season now brings new attractions and events. This October, join the team for pond dipping and a minibeast hunt, learning about local insects and nature. Tickets for the big Halloween party have already sold out but keep track on what’s happening through the park’s website and Facebook and help to support a fantastic local space. Inchdairnie are proud to support the Friends of Craigtoun and are very happy to admit that we have spent many summer weekends this year, messing about on boats and driving up front on Puffin’ billy. This is a great place for a visit and we hope all out tenants, holiday makers and friends will get out and explore a much loved local attraction.