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


The kitchen garden relaunched in April 2023.

Whilst still growing the usual potatoes, courgettes and broad beans, we’ve tried out utilising hemp bags from Stokes Coffee to try to grow potatoes and strawberries. We’ve finally had our first successful crop of Rhubarb and the fruit bushes are starting to spread throughout the area. There’s also a few sneaky tomatoes that have self seeded from last years plants!

Yellow courgette plant Rhubarb plant  Starwberrys in a hemp grow bag



In April 2022, we launched the kitchen garden in conjunction with the Student Union Make a Difference week. We had over 15 students coming along to help prep the soil and sow the first seeds.

This year the students will be growing potatoes, courgettes, lettuce, beetroot, broad beans, carrots and they’re trying to grow broccoli for the first time – learning as we go that they need netting to stop the leaves being eaten!

By the end of the (on occasion challengingly hot) summer we’d had over 30 different volunteers and had donated surplus food to Mint Lane cafe.

Gooseberry bush  broad beans starting to grow  Bee bath amongst the herbs in the kitchen garden

Bee orchids were also spotted in the kitchen garden wild flower area!
Bee Orchid from the kitchen garden


As students returned to campus we opened up the kitchen garden with a couple of green thumbed student volunteers; growing many courgettes, potatoes, broad beans, carrots and tomatoes that were donated to the Mint Lane cafe. 

The herbs continued to grow with staff and students able to come and pick them to use at home.

The lavender was dried out at the end of the year and lavender bags were hand sewn and given out during freshers week. 

sustainability stall at the freshers fayre
March 2020

We are temporarily pausing our weekly meetups for the Kitchen Garden, these will be reinstated once we are back on campus.

February 2020

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

November 2019
Image of a group of people looking happy to have planted a tree

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.

Image of a hand planting a sapling into frosty ground

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 blue lectern style sign in a green frosty area. There are planters in the background.
July 2019

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 Café. The café 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. 

November 2018

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!

The Harvest, 2018

March 2019

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. 

January 2019

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.


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. We donate 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

This page was last reviewed in June 2023.

Project Status:

In Progress

Established: 2017

Project team:

Tracey Turton

Alex Foxley-Johnson