Get growing with SRUC at Dandelion Festival

Staff and students from SRUC will be on hand to provide advice at the Dandelion Festival.


The first big Dandelion Festival – involving staff and students from SRUC – is being held in Glasgow this weekend.

The three-day festival at Kelvingrove Park, which includes live music on a stage with a backdrop of mini-vertical farm growing cubes, is part of a creative programme taking place across Scotland this year to celebrate the arc of the growing season.

Throughout the weekend, the Dandelion Tattie Team from SRUC will host a plant clinic offering support to people who want to discuss their gardening growing issues and fun facts about what they can do to help Scotland achieve net zero targets.

Visitors to the free event can also learn about the careers and courses available for young people in the horticulture sector.

On Friday, Ruth Vichos, Horticulture lecturer at SRUC Edinburgh, will talk about where food comes from and what is involved in producing it, as part of the Farm to Fork event with crofter Col Gordon.

And on Sunday, Professor Fiona Burnett, Head of Connect for Impact at SRUC, will talk about the ‘The future of farming: why vertical farms?' with Derek Stewart of the James Hutton Institute.

She said: “Every inch of Scotland has a rich and living local history connected to food to be explored and made relevant for 2022.

“The Dandelion Festival in Glasgow offers a range of music, street theatre, talks and events connected to food.

“As part of the event, the Dandelion Tattie Team, made up of SRUC students, will be running plant free-for-alls, helping in the SRUC potting shed and meeting and greeting visitors.”

The festival runs from 17-19 June in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. For more information, visit the Dandelion website.

Posted by SRUC on 16/06/2022

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