Green Thumbs

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We are the University's gardening society.

We are a student-led group that manages and cultivates a large allotment space on campus. We work and grow our produce collectively and we welcome new members.

Growing and Building

Some of the crops that we have successfully grown or are currently growing include potatoes, raspberries, gooseberries, red currants, sweetcorn, tomatoes, artichokes, radishes, salad leaves, a variety of herbs, carrots, onions, beetroot, strawberries, chillies, peas, green beans. We also have a few fruit trees! We work together to grow our produce and share it between members.

The allotment space is still relatively new, so there are plenty of opportunities for members to get involved in some DIY! So far we've built raised beds, shelving, and a number of different types of garden supports. We're currently in the process of building a polytunnel!

Sustainability

Man-made climate change poses a threat not just to our ability to grow the great variety of crops that we currently can, but also to the survival of the human race. By cutting down on plastics and overseas produce, growing your own food can be a huge step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

We strive to be as sustainable as possible in our activities. We use second-hand and repurposed resources where possible and aim to incorporate permaculture into our use of the space. We also regularly engage with sustainability events on campus. During the harvest periods we sell surplus produce on campus, saving members of the community from purchasing food from less-sustainable sources.

Wellbeing

Outdoor activities like gardening are often discussed as great ways to improve mental health and general wellbeing. Whilst gardening isn't a cure-all for mental ill-health, we strive to create an inclusive, welcoming and safe space for students, staff and members of the public to work together and build friendships. You can read more here.

How to get Involved

New members, including students, staff and members of the public, are are welcome at any point during the year. No prior gardening experience or specialist equipment is necessary. We'll be happy to show you what we've learnt and help provide you with opportunities to develop your own knowledge and skills. Follow our Facebook page for details about events and to get in touch, or email us directly through the contacts page.

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