Sustainable Garden

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.

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. The garden 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.

When we can, we hold regular gardening sessions  –  which help volunteers to learn new skills in growing food. The food is there to be picked and enjoyed. There are instructions of what can be picked and how to pick it throughout the garden with a bespoke ‘traffic-light’ system.

Due to current restrictions, we are unable to organise any volunteer sessions. We are using this time to reflect on the way we manage the space and are re-organising the garden in the hope that once we are able to, we will once again be able to host sessions for volunteers to get involved. In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the space in a socially-distanced manner.

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

Want to get involved?

Biodiversity is an ongoing process and we are keen for people to get involved in order to share their ideas and help shape how we do biodiversity on campus.

There are lots of ways to become part of the biodiversity community, including:

  • Monitoring and recording our campus wildlife, including birds, mammals, pollinators, and bats
  • Signing up to our annual BIG campus birdwatch
  • Getting involved in the Sustainable Garden activities
  • Helping us to record changes to the campus landscape, using our bespoke recording tool
  • Keeping an eye on our Peregrines via our webcam in the spring.

If you’d like to find out more about any of these activities, get in touch by emailing: biodiversity@leeds.ac.uk.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.