Sustainable Garden

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The Sustainable Garden is 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. 

Originally created in 2013, the Sustainable Garden was based on the University’s ‘water@Leeds’ gold award-winning RHS flower show entry of 2012 and won an award at the 2014 Leeds Architecture awards. It is currently being redeveloped with a new mindfulness space and planting areas, and is an excellent example of collaborative working between the Facilities Directorate, Leeds University Union and academic staff. 

A garden for all

The Sustainable Garden  is a great example of a functioning ecosystem with wildflower areas, soft fruit hedgerows, insect houses and pocket habitats. 

A new mindfulness space is in development, and the garden also features one of the University’s ‘Little Library’ installations where you are free to take a book to read or leave ones that you have finished for others to enjoy.  A new planting area is also being designed ready for the 2022 planting season, whilst the forest garden area and herb planters continue to provide edibles that you can pick and enjoy. 

You’ll find the Sustainable Garden right in the heart of campus, next  to the Roger Stevens Building. Take a look on the campus map. 

Want to get involved?

Weekly drop-in sessions and monthly workshops are held in the Sustainable Garden during term time. Sessions are open to students, staff and the broader community. Head to our Eventbrite to find out when the next session is and register your place. 

Outside of term time sessions take place less frequently – keep an eye on our social channels for information or email

The Sustainable Garden also provides opportunities to act as a Living Lab for research projects – if you are interested in using the space for your research then please get in touch.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity.  Our work on biodiversity is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.

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