FCH Edible Garden provides a haven during a difficult year

Jul 7, 2021 | Staff

The Edible Garden, located behind Shaftsbury Hall at FCH Campus, has been a tranquil space for students, staff and members of the community since it’s creation, but even more so over the last 12 months due to the pressures of the pandemic.

Supported by funding from the Sustainability Team, this academic year the garden has been a safe way for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to connect with others and share experiences.

Activities have included:

  • Biosciences students learning about flora and fauna.
  • The UoG chaplaincy hosting interfaith discussion over pizza from the woodfired oven
  • Landscape Architecture students carrying out plant identification

Thanks to the work done by the volunteers, the Edible Garden has provided some potatoes, radishes and lettuces this Spring, with more fruit and veg expected later this year as the crops and fruit trees continue to flourish! The team have also been active in the local community, planting and weeding outside St Paul’s Church, and contributing to several articles about gardening to ‘Mudlarking’, the local community newsletter.

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, volunteers hope to host most community events in the space. You can keep up to date with what is taking place and how to get involved by following them on Facebook: @EdibleGardenFCH.

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