Student plots success

Fruits: Digging in at UCLan's micro allotments
Fruits: Digging in at UCLan's micro allotments
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Green-fingered staff and students from a city centre university will soon be able to taste the fruits of their labours.

A plot of micro allotments outside of a halls of residence at the University of Central Lancashire campus in Preston is blossoming.

More than 30 micro allotments have been created outside of Whitendale Halls to allow the University community to grow its own fruit and vegetables.

The initiative is part of the UCLan Students’ Union Green Ladder project which promotes sustainability in student life and is funded by the National Union of Students.

It has proved a big hit with staff and students alike.

Campaigns Officer Lucy Haigh said: “Over the last year students have been encouraged to reflect on how they can live more sustainably and find ways they can make the campus more low carbon.

She added:“Many students expressed the wish to be able to learn to grow their own food on campus.

“By growing food it helps to reduce food miles and provides students with access to healthy fresh fruit and vegetables.

“These 32 new allotments are a great new resource for students. They can learn how to grow their own food and gain new skills.”

Emily Thompson-Bell from the National Union of Student said: “Through the NUS Green Fund 25 Students’ Unions throughout the UK are running sustainability projects with the aim of engaging students in green issues on campus.

“We’re delighted to see the results of the funding we’ve provided.”