The University of Gloucestershire is inviting the local community to help an allotment thrive at its Park campus.

The growing space, next to the buildings south of Park Place, is a hidden garden complete with a large greenhouse and plenty of growing opportunities for community members and students alike.

After speaking to local residents earlier in the year, the University’s Students’ Union invited those who are interested in growing their own produce to attend a preliminary meeting on Thursday June 28.

Amy Hoddy, Volunteering Co-ordinator at the Students’ Union, said: “We’ve had quite a lot of interest from people in the area and are really excited about the prospect of residents and students working together. Students are often enthusiastic about growing their own produce but sometimes lack confidence as they haven’t done so before. By working with the community they can learn from others and everyone benefits from this growing space at our beautiful Park campus.”

John Abell, Chief Executive of the Students’ Union, added: “I am delighted that we have more than ten members of the local community who want to give us their time and expertise to help make out allotment plot productive again. Our students are very keen but sometimes lack the gardening knowledge and the fact they are not being around over the summer doesn’t help either. The next step is for us to dig out all the weeds!”

A rota is now being drawn up for work to start and get the area cleared before students return to the University in the new academic year. A number of students have already signed up and members of staff have also expressed an interest.

Local resident Belinda Wilson from Cheltenham Connect said: “I am delighted the Students’ Union has asked local residents to get involved with this project and on a personal note I am looking forward to helping the students turn it into a productive plot”.

Source: University of Gloucestershire