Fresh Start Festival 2022

To kick off 2022 in the best way possible, LUU and the University of Leeds are bringing you the Fresh Start Festival. Running from 24th – 28th January, it’s an opportunity to try new activities, meet new people and find out more about what Leeds has to offer.

If you’re interested in finding out more about sustainability at the University of Leeds, want to make a positive impact in the local community or learn how you can grow your own food whilst making new friends, then come and join the Sustainability service at the events we’re running throughout the week.

You can see all our events here, or keep reading to find out where we’ll be and how you can get involved!


Tuesday 25th January

Sustainability Service stall at the Festival Marquee, 10am – 4pm

LUU building with grass and bench in front

The Sustainability service team will be taking up residence at the Festival marquee on the University precinct. Join us to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved with sustainability at the University.

Find out how the University is delivering on its sustainability commitments including the Climate Plan, the #2023PlasticFree pledge, making a positive impact in our local communities and increasing biodiversity on campus. You can also find out about paid and voluntary roles in the team, activities and events you can participate in, and get some ideas on how to reduce your environmental impact.

Read more here.

Tuesday 25th January

Sustainability campus tour of the University of Leeds 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Ever spotted a bug hotel or beehive on campus?  From sustainable construction to conservation work, you can learn more about what we’re doing to make our campus more sustainable during this 1 hour tour.  Your guides will be available to answer questions that you may have and talk about how you can get involved.

Sign up via Eventbrite or at the Sustainability stall in the Festival marquee. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and the right clothing for the weather!

Read more here.

Wednesday 26th January

Hyde Park Litter Pick and and Coffee on the Crescent, 1:30pm – 3pm

Three people walking and talking with trees behind them

Let’s make our community one to be proud of and get some fresh air and exercise at the same time! Meet at the Wellington Statue on Woodhouse Moor (aka Hyde Park) for a litter pick of the park and surrounding streets. Afterwards we will head to Coffee on the Crescent for some free refreshments.

All equipment provided, please sign up through Eventbrite.

Read more here.

Friday 28th January

Seed planting at the Sustainable Garden, 12 – 2pm

Volunteering session in the Sustainable Garden

Growing your own food is easy, fun, and good for the environment.  Join us at the Sustainable Garden next to the Roger Stevens building, where we’ll be planting tomatoes, chilli peppers and pea shoots, that you can take away and grow at home.  We’ll tell you all you need to know about looking after your new seedlings as well as showing you how you can use waste materials to create your own pots and planters.  You can also find out more about the plans for the Sustainable Garden and learn how to propogate hard wood cuttings.

We’ll provide all the necessary equipment so just bring yourself any time between 12pm and 2pm.

Read more here.