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UCLan Students dig in

16 December 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

University opens over 30 micro allotments

Students and staff at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will soon be able to eat the fruits of their labour after opening a plot of micro allotments outside of a halls of residence on campus.

Thirty two 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 (SU) Green Ladder project which promotes sustainability in student life and is funded by the National Union of Students.

UCLan SU Campaigns Officer Lucy Haigh commented:

“Over the last year UCLan students have been encouraged to reflect on how they can live more sustainably and find ways they can make the campus more low carbon."

Green Ladder Eco Allotments

“Many students have 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 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 NUS 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.”

For more information about the project contact Emma Bartlet on 01772 894275 or email