At Murray Edwards College, a plot of land has been allotted to a group of keen gardeners across the city. It was kicked off by Cambridge Hub, our very own Environment and Energy Section, and members of various organisations including Growing Spaces and Transition Cambridge.
The space has been used to build a community garden that allows University staff, students and community members to grow fruit and vegetables together, aiming to build biodiversity in the area as well as improve the wellbeing of the local community.
The Edible Garden is in part of the car park next to the Murray Edwards College herb garden, which is already used by staff, students and neighbours alike. Being in full sun and on a south-facing slight slope, it is an ideal spot to grow fruit and vegetables. It is about the size of a traditional allotment, i.e. 10 rods.
The main aim of the project is to bring students, University staff, and the local community together to grow food and share skills. There will be opportunities to hold events like music, film and of course eat the food grown. It is hoped that the project will raise awareness of sustainable lifestyles, green stewardship and provide practical experience for students and others wanting to go into non-traditional careers. It is also meant to be fun and relaxing.
The Murray Edwards Garden Strategy 2012-2017 identified three important strands to the MEG’s work as a whole, namely horticulture, community and environment. This sub-project embraces all three.
The Edible Garden is always looking for volunteers from across Cambridge to take part in further development and implementation. Involvement can be as much or as little as you are able and interested in giving. If you're interested in taking part, please contact the team or follow them on social media to find out more: