UWE Bristol launches new community garden

Issue date: 16 October 2012

Sustainability Week, Monday 15 to Friday 21 October 2012

UWE Bristol will mark sustainability week by unveiling plans for a new community garden on Frenchay Campus.

Staff and students are invited to find out more at Wallscourt Farmhouse on Wednesday 17 October (12:00 – 17:00) where they will be able to hear about plans whilst planting seeds and cuttings for the new garden.

The community garden to be located on the northern side of Frenchay Campus, close to the HP refectory, is part of the University's ongoing commitment to sustainable management of the campus grounds.

Mark Webster, UWE Bristol's Sustainability Manager explains, “We're delighted to announce the plans for the new community garden. It's all part of our long term campus management plans to make the grounds more sustainable, the 15 ground staff have done a great job over the last year transforming the grounds around campus to create attractive, wildlife friendly, organically managed open spaces including an orchard, a meadow and wildflower borders.

“The idea of a community garden has been warmly welcomed by staff and students who are keen to get started. There will also be a Gardening Club for staff and students managed by the gardening team where they'll grow edible crops such as rhubarb, asparagus and artichokes following the principles of permaculture and develop demonstration zones to show, for example, how achievable 'square foot gardening' can be within our own homes. It will also be a great community space for everyone to sit back and relax during their lunch break.”

Final designs are currently being outlined by UWE Grounds Manager, Richie Fluester with the aim of opening the new garden in the New Year. To find out more about the Gardening Club contact Vicki.Harris@uwe.ac.uk

This is just one of the events taking place during a week jam packed with activities to highlight UWE Bristol's commitment to the sustainability agenda.

Thursday 18 October is Smart Travel Day and a group organised by the Centre for Transport and Society will travel to the University by different modes of transport to find out what is the best way to commute to work in an event called the 'Smart Travel Challenge'.

Other activities include a Great Bottled water challenge, Wildlife Wilderness Walk, a lunch time cycle ride organised by Sustrans, Fair Trade stalls across all Campuses and capped off by fun performances from the world-renowned Natural Theatre Company.

Find out more about Sustainability Week at UWE Bristol.

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