Petition over shock sacking of education worker at local tourist attraction

Petition organiser Yvonne McKie with some protestors at the St Andrews Botanic Gardens

Hundreds of people have signed a petition against the shock dismissal of an education officer at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

Nikki MacDonald was sacked from the attraction where she was regarded as the driving force behind its education programme.

A protest was held by some of her colleagues outside the garden and more than 600 people have put their name to the petition urging St Andrews Botanic Garden Trust to reinstate her.

Colleague Yvonne McKie said: “We hope the petition demonstrates the strength of support for Nikki and for the trust to reconsider its actions.”

Ms MacDonald was sacked in September, allegedly on the grounds of misconduct for asking colleagues for professional references after a capability meeting was “sprung” on her.

A St Andrews Botanic Garden Trust spokesman said: “In the interests of confidentiality, the board and management team will not discuss matters relating to any member of staff, past or present.”