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
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.
“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.
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’
“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
The University of Southampton’s Student Experience fund will match each pound donated.
You can donate to the project here.