The Kitchen Garden

Providing space at the Brayford Campus for students and staff to grow their own food, the Kitchen Garden can be found behind Witham House (where the Chapliancy resides). It was established in 2017, alongside a small number of heritage variety apple trees that were planted in open spaces around the Student Village. A water butt to collect rain water was installed around the back of the Witham House building to help with the watering of the garden.

Project updates

We are temporarily pausing our weekly meetups for the Kitchen Garden, these will be reinstated later in the year.

The relaunch of the Kitchen Garden is scheduled for 18th March 2020. We will be weeding and seeding the beds, as well as planting some bulbs around the garden area. You can register your interest for the event here: Year of the Garden Facebook Event

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Big Climate Fightback tree planting event on November 30th. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we’re excited to see our trees flourish on our Brayford campus! Missed out and want to plant a tree? We’ll be inviting people to come and plant a sapling at Riseholme soon. Watch this space. 

Also check out our fabulous new sign at the Kitchen Garden, which was designed by Elizabeth, a University of Lincoln Illustration graduate 🎓

Image of a group of people looking happy to have planted a tree Image of a hand planting a sapling into frosty ground Image of colourful green and orange bunting wrapped around the trunk of a tree Image of a blue lectern style sign in a green frosty area. There are planters in the background.

The Kitchen Garden is relaunched! We held an event, publicised to staff and students at the University of Lincoln. We weeded, seeded vegetables and started to plant the herb garden. New staff came along to the event and were introduced to the concept. 

 

Image of persons gardening and planting in the kitchen garden beds.

 

We harvested any remaining vegetables from the Kitchen Garden, enlisting the help of several volunteers to help dig out and weed the beds, ready for the next stage of work in the Spring. Our harvest included; red onions, potatoes, carrots and garlic!

 

Image of carrots

Broad beans, lettuce, beetroot, onions & potatoes were all harvested from our Kitchen Garden. As we had a great deal of fresh vegetables from the garden this month, we decided to donate the food to the Mint Lane Cafe. The cafe provides an inclusive social space, using food produce that might ordinarily be completely wasted. Meals are affordable – priced at only a couple of pounds – and the space also includes a small clothes shop, showering facilities and a garden. 

 

Image of a hand holding a pot of broad beans

In preparation for work this Spring in the Kitchen Garden, we gathered together a group of volunteers to weed out the beds and fill them with fresh top soil, replanting some garlic and onions as we did so. Top soil was brought in from our Riseholme Campus. Another event to relaunch the Kitchen Garden is scheduled for later this Spring.

 

Image of gardening tools in soil

Project questions

Can I volunteer?

We welcome all volunteers, staff and students, to partake in the upkeep of the Kitchen Garden. Green fingered? We’d love to see you. We meet regularly on Wednesdays between 1-2pm. Just drop us an email if you’re thinking of coming so that we can keep you updated on any changes to the time!

Where does the produce go?

Anyone who looks after the garden can take some of the produce home to use. In July 2019, we donated some produce to Mint Lane Cafe and would love to be able to support any other community cafes if we are able. Got an idea? Let us know.

 

Image of roast potatoes

Project Status:

In Progress

Established: 2017

Project team:

Tracey Turton

Alex Foxley-Johnson

Contact:

environment@lincoln.ac.uk