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20 January 2018

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Students raise funds to grow veg and bring people together PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Campus Collective, University of Southampton A group of students has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a community garden in Portswood.

Campus Collective wants to raise funds bring students and local residents together by getting people outdoors growing their own organic veg in a garden in Portswood Rec.

The group says on its crowdfunding website that with the rise of ready meals and processed food, people are less and less aware of where their food comes from, and that skills like vegetable growing are in decline.

Campus Collective, University of Southampton

“Gardening is a fantastic hobby to get involved in. Getting outdoors and growing veg is great for people’s health and wellbeing. We hope that our project can improve lives and build important bridges between University students and the local community,” says the group.

Positive environment

Beth Tutton from Campus Collective said: “We're working with James from Friends of Portswood Rec to get it sorted. Our motto is 'growing veg and bringing people together'. We’re a group of eco conscious students who want to increase awareness and create a positive environment, which will benefit students and members of the local community. We want residents to get involved in the gardening with a ‘turn up whenever no commitment’ policy.

Mental health

“We also hope the garden will be beneficial to members of the community with no gardens of their own. We’re aware of the positive effects of gardening on mental health so want to promote this. Any veg we produce we will donate to our members, local charities and food banks.”

The University of Southampton’s Student Experience fund will match each pound donated.

You can donate to the project here.

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