Published: 17 September 2014

Students get green-fingered in the Campus Garden

For years there have been requests from students to operate an allotment style garden on campus.

Recently an opportunity has arisen to provide a 450 square metre plot on Stag Hill that allows students and staff to work together to create and deliver a community garden.

The funding has specifically enabled the purchase and installation of a polytunnel, tools, water butts, a shed and raised beds for disabled users, complemented by plants and fruit trees, benches and an information notice board.

Through a £10,000 grant from the Annual Fund, this project is raising awareness of food production issues as well as promoting sustainability and sustainable food options amongst the University population.

The garden gives individuals the chance to learn new skills through shared experience and change their habits towards a healthier, more active and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Feedback from participants has been very positive so far and due to the success of the project, a society was formed over summer (Surrey Campus Garden Society) to manage the project going forward.

After a successful recruitment session at Fresher’s Fayre, the society is now the fastest growing and in the top three largest societies in the Union.

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