Exeter community garden

Exeter Community Garden started in 2011 as a joint initiative between the University’s grounds team and the Students’ Guild and has now evolved into a free-standing organisation managed by staff, students and local residents. The garden has 9 raised beds for vegetables, fruit and herbs, an orchard with a variety of fruit trees, together with a greenhouse, a storage building (the Observatory) and two polytunnels.

As well as producing food, the Garden allows members to share skills and ideas, promotes mental wellbeing through social interaction and also allows members to look at issues of food security and sustainability, habitat protection and enhancement and the promotion of biodiversity The Community Garden has engaged with students and academics at the University to launch the Permaculture, Growing Food with Nature MA in Food Studies based on the community garden site and using the facilities here. The course specifically investigates food production without cultivation, using sustainable products.

Volunteers meet every Wednesday at the garden from 15:00 onwards, and a smaller group also meets on Saturday mornings from about 10.00am. Students, staff, and local residents are all welcome to join, no skills are necessary, just an interest and enthusiasm.

For more information and contact details go to the website at www.exetercommunitygarden.co.uk