University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Veg patch bringing staff and students together

25 July 2017

A vegetable plot/potager garden has been created at Falmouth Campus thanks to a £130 NUS grant and hard work by a small team of FX Plus library staff with advice from the grounds team.

Library Assistant Jeanette Langley-Brown wrote the proposal that netted the £130 NUS Green Impact micro grant. Explaining that students are encouraged to get involved she said: “We had the idea because this is such a lovely space and it was a vegetable plot many years ago. We have tried to create a space where staff and students can come along and get involved, or just sit quietly and look at the garden.”

The volunteers have planted vegetables and flowers including sprouts, cucumbers, runner beans, spinach, leeks, carrots, cabbages, lettuces, sweet peas and sunflowers. Tomatoes and chillies are being grown in the adjacent greenhouse.

They also try to reuse as much as possible. For instance, seeds are propagated in used, take away coffee cups, wooden pallets have been turned into the bed borders and CDs strung up to keep birds away are from Falmouth University’s Multi Media and Visual Resources Department.

A mindfulness group has started using the garden at lunchtimes and there are plans to grow herbs and to involve more people in using some freshly grown ingredients for baking.