Avery Hill Edible Garden

The Avery Hill Edible Garden was started in 2012 and has since grown and grown! It is run by staff, students and community members and is always open to new people who want to get involved. It is located at the Southwood Site, Avery Hill Campus, behind the David Fussey Building (see this link for map).

The Edible Garden is made up of traditional growing raised beds, a poly-tunnel, a forest garden and an orchard. All volunteers get a share of the produce and any money made from selling what we grow goes back into the garden’s seed fund!

Did you know: Avery Hill Edible Garden is supporting Goal Number 2 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more here.

The garden is not just about growing however, it is also a good place to get outside and meet new people whether you like gardening or not.

We meet every Wednesday between 12noon – 2pm so this is good time to come along if you are new to the Edible Garden. However, the garden is open all day every day for those who want to garden rain or shine!

If you’d like to join the Community Garden  Group then email edible-garden@greenwich.ac.uk and we can add you to our email list and Yammer Group. If you are super keen and would like to join the Garden Committee contact Sustainability Champion, Julian Murphy (j.m.murphy@gre.ac.uk) . Our volunteers have been busy even during Covid where we have been rebuilding our raised beds. This project isn’t finished so if you’d like to help out then get in touch. We’ve also been pruning our orchard trees.

The gardens are great spaces for teaching, research or team building purposes and can be applied to almost all disciplines. If you are interested in using it then please download this document for more information.

For more information please email edible-garden@greenwich.ac.uk.

This project has impactful ringfenced funding through the University’s sustainability budget, where the staff and student volunteers can develop and submit ideas for funding that encourages food growing that is considerate to nature and healthy eating.

For information to assist with guidance for volunteers using the garden including what it is, how it is used and managed, training to avoid injury and to ensure your own safety any volunteers will be required to undergo a short induction. Please contact edible-garden@greenwich.ac.uk so we can arrange a time to meet at the garden to complete the induction.

The garden is not just a resource available to students and staff. We welcome people living in the community and organisations to make use of it. An example of this is that we welcome preschool children from a local nursery who use our community including forest garden for their learning and teaching purposes. If you come down you will see a couple of beds devoted to the children who are learning to grow all sort of veggies! We are also exploring with the nursery of the creation of  a space for a forest school on our estate – watch this space…!

Beyond the bog garden you will find a group of beehives. We work with local bee keepers at all our campuses to provide spaces for bee hives and this provides us with an opportunity to offer our students and staff the chance to put on a bee suit and learn about the fascinating lives of bees. We also sell he delicious honey at our Village Shop at Avery Hill and sometimes at the cafe in Stockwell Street – though this sells out very quickly!

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