Student-run allotments (1516P26)
Status: Active | Zone: Sustainability
Passed: 02/08/2016 |
This policy was discussed at the following meetings:
- 1. The University of Gloucestershire have a project called BiGGY where students renovated an allotment, and created a Student Growing Guide to encourage students to grow their own sustainable food.
2. Allotments have been successful at other universities, such as the University of Worcester https://www.facebook.com/groups/UniversityAllotment/
- 1. Gardening can be therapeutic and is often used for social prescriptions especially with community groups.
2. An allotment would promote awareness of where our food comes from and advertise the Student Union and University's sustainability goals.
3. There is huge potential for social enterprise. A greenhouse would be brilliant (especially because of the variable British weather) and at the University of Gloucestershire, a social enterprise group made chilli sauce used the allotment greenhouse to grow the chillies.
4. Ideally the allotment would work as a community allotment but this would need to be managed to avoid students helping themselves to the fruits of someone else's hard labour (students could rent a meter square each and that would be theirs to look after and grow as much as they can).
5. Fundraising could help to cover the cost of compost, seeds, tools etc and you can get loads on Freecycle. Some companies such as B&Q have a community reuse scheme where they donate unsellable products and materials for re-use for the benefit of the local community and the environment.
6. The University is fortunate to have a lot of green spaces, so it would be great to see them put to good use.
- 1. The Vice-President Welfare to work with the University to identify a suitable location for an allotment on the University estate.
Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy