The University of Hertfordshire are encouraging outdoor events and activities so that students can meet new friends. A recent example is the Community Garden Project (see image below), which held its first session recently, where students can learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables and learn new horticultural and conservation skills. The project will occur weekly over 6 weeks and will alternate between the allotments at the College Lane campus and the new Community Garden that was opened at start of term on the de Havilland.
Why attend the garden?
Students get to:
- Learn how to grow own fruit and vegetables
- Care for university’s growing area
- Meet new people – for free!
- And learn new horticultural and conservation skills.
Commenting on the Project, Geraldine Ward, Dean of Students at University of Hertfordshire, said:
“The Community Garden initiative was set up in 2018 and has been very popular with students, but these spaces has become more vital during the Covid-19 pandemic period. The areas are available to all students and staff, offering a fantastic volunteering opportunity for students to get outside and help maintain the plots.
“Gardening is not only a great way to improve our green spaces on campus for everyone, but also improves overall wellbeing, particularly during these extraordinary and stressful times. This is an activity which students are able to engage with whilst maintaining social distancing and working together towards a common goal.”