Supported by Estates and Student Services, we’re delighted to open a new garden and growing space behind Broadlands Lodge at the South West corner of Park Campus. 

With gardening shown to reduce anxiety by 26% and connecting with nature resulting in 30% more people reporting their health as ‘excellent’; the new garden has been designed to support staff and student wellbeing. This is the top face-to-face theme for our student-led Live Smart programme this year.

We’ve worked hard building raised beds over summer, and are working on a star-shaped feature bed and finishing touches this autumn.  

Changing Communities – Changing Perceptions

How can students and staff enjoy the space? 

Sit a​nd relax

The garden can be visited at any time as a peaceful place to take time out, meet with others or have lunch. 

Come along to a regular session

On Wednesdays and Fridays from 2.30 to 4pm our student Live Smart Co-ordinator, Will, hosts sessions each week where students or staff can drop by to meet others, make friends and dabble in some active gardening. No experience or specialist equipment necessary. Volunteers rewarded with harvested produce! 

Collaborate with us – organise an activity for everyone​

The space can be used in a range of ways from volunteer afternoons to community picnics, yoga sessions or outdoor art classes. If you have an idea – get in touch! 

Book the ​space

If you’d like to use the space for team building, research, coursework, or a specific session for your team or group; drop us a line to help us co-ordinate. 

​Become a flexible volunteer

Outside of organised sessions, there are still lots of jobs to do from watering to weeding and managing the space. Could you spare a few minutes on your lunchbreak? Or pop by on your way home? Let us know and we’ll give you a guided tour and all the details.

How can I find out more or get in touch?​

Our Live Smart Co-ordinator, Will, will be overseeing the garden’s activities. You can drop him a line on any of the above via​

How can I keep up to date?

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