The Exeter Community Garden is a long-term initiative established by members of the Students’ Guild, the University of Exeter and members of the community. Its aim is simple: to further the causes of sustainability, biodiversity, healthy eating and well-being in Exeter.
We are proud of our Devon setting and believe passionately in promoting its unique culture. By harnessing our individual skills, we endeavour to educate and equip our members with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance both our understanding of the natural environment and our ability to engage with it.
We believe that the issues of food security and sustainability, habitat protection and promoting biodiversity are fundamentally interlinked and essential to tackling major challenges locally and globally. The Exeter Community Garden is not just a physical space in which to grow food, plant and improve the habitat, but an interchange of knowledge and ideas, and a green space where our members and the wider community could use and where mindfulness and well-being are encouraged. It is a shared experience.
Marks and Spencer's Spark Something Good
volunteering day at the garden 7 September 2016.
Finally, a garden bench at the top of the Orchard. July 2016.
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Exeter University Community Day- March 2016
With the Lord Mayor
Visit from a Giant Daffodil and engaging with the community
Harvesting Rainwater Project
Britain in Bloom (In Your Neighbourhood) award. We achieved level 4 (Thriving!)
At the Freshers' Fair 2015
Featured in a magazine
The staff from the Centre
for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE) –
of Exeter built a bug hotel at the garden today. They christened the impressive structure as
Working in the physic garden
Community Garden volunteers hard at work in one of the veggie bed.
We finally held a wassail in the community garden orchard.
It was a resounding success attended by 70 people -- students, staff and local community.
Singing, music, food and drink all around.
Our Soup Fest in the Forum was a success! Thank you for everyone
who made it possible.
Exeter Community Garden sponsor Iain Park samples the free soup.
Volunteer Francesca went around the Forum to offer soup and homemade bread to everyone.
3 October 2014
The University Chancellor, Baroness Floella Benjamin,
planted a mulberry tree in the Community Garden.
The Chancellor encouraged students, staff and the local community to use the garden as part of their well-being.
30 May 2014
Lord Mayor and HEFCE's Deputy CE plant trees in the Community Garden
Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Exec and Financial Controller of HEFCE
(Higher Education Funding Council of England) planted a tree at the Community Garden
as part of the Students' Green Unit's project Showcase at the Forum.
The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Rachel Lyons, planted a tree in the Community Garden to mark her last "official" duty
before she hands the reins to the new Lord Mayor.
Our Greenhouse and polytunnels are up and running!
Fortunately we had a lot of volunteers with a "can-do" spirit and with the help of team leader Adrian we built the greenhouse in next to no time. Teamwork makes everything seem like a breeze!
Creating a cob bench is a physical job! Thanks to Kevin McCabe, a traditional cob structure builder.
We were featured in the Daily Mail You Magazine in August 2014!