Now into its fifth year, the Foodshare Allotment is a food-growing project open to all students and staff every Wednesday afternoon during term time. As a volunteer, you will learn how to grow pesticide-free fruit and vegetables and gain some great skills while getting some fresh air. All volunteers get a share of the produce grown, and the rest is donated to local charities and community cafes.
In 2021, during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the allotment sessions were unable to take place. However, the site was upkept and food was still grown and donated. An influx of wintering seeds took over after the first lockdown, leading to several crops of minors lettuce, mustard greens and chard. Food grown over the past year has been donated to charities including Guru Nanak's Mission and Windmill Community Gardens, used for both community meals and children's crafting sessions where paints were made from berries!
Staff volunteer groups have also been helping at the allotment throughout 2021, groups have visited the allotment to help weed, sew, lay paths and create composted beds for wildflowers. The Sustainability Team did their part in volunteering by building three new recycled raised beds at the site, sourced from "British Recycled Plastic".
The Foodshare Allotment can be found on our Clifton Campus, next to the Peverell hall of residence. It is a joint project run by the Loughborough road Team, Nottingham Trent Students’ Union, and UPP. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Projects Coordinator Lucy.