The sustainable garden was created in 2013. Based on the gold award-winning RHS flower show entry in 2012 by the university’s ‘water@leeds’, the garden is an excellent example of collaborative working between the Facilities Directorate, Leeds University Union and academic staff. The garden provides a multi-functional space for staff, students and visitors to campus to enjoy quiet contemplation but also to cultivate an allotment-and-forest-style edible garden. It is a great example of a functioning ecosystem with wildflower areas, soft fruit hedgerows, insect houses and pocket habitats.
Regular gardening sessions can be viewed on our events page and are open to all. These sessions allow volunteers to learn new skills in growing food and to inspire people to try it at home. The food is intended to be picked; instructions of what can be picked, and how to pick, are clearly signposted throughout the garden with a bespoke ‘traffic-light’ system.
The garden is located in the centre of campus, next to the Roger Stevens Building. To see this on a campus map, click here.
If you are interested in getting involved with the planting (experience not essential), conducting research or would like to know more, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or LUURooted@leeds.ac.uk. To open a map of the garden, click here.