27 Feb 2014
Eat Your Campus wins Guardian University Award
A project involving the University, Students’ Union and local community has won the Sustainability Project prize at this year’s Guardian University Awards.
Eat Your Campus aims to develop the University’s green spaces as a food resource for staff, students and members of the local community, creating an ‘edible landscape’.
The project brings together two key initiatives – the University’s Fruit Routes venture and the work of the Students’ Union’s Landscaping and Gardening Society (LAGS). It was launched to facilitate the planting of fruit and nut trees and plants along path ways on campus, to provide an enriched habitat for people, insects and animals, as well as a location for cultural activities and outdoor learning.
When the team realised that the new planting would also bring an abundance of fresh fruits and berries that could be harvested, the Eat Your Campus project was born!
“We’re delighted to have won,” said Jo Shields, the University’s Sustainability Manager. “The project really does epitomise the collaborative ethos on campus. It involves a real mix of people – local families, students, graduates and University staff – and I’d like to thank all those who’ve been involved to date.”