Get together, feel better and do some gardening!

Did you know that gardening is shown to reduce anxiety by 26% and a massive 49% of adults said they are better able to cope with stress by immersing themselves in nature?

This May you can join other students at one of the fab UOG community garden spaces for an opportunity to get your hands dirty, boost your wellbeing and enjoy a chilled break from your studies.

Here’s what you can look forward to this month:

Park Garden

Find the Live Smart garden behind Broadlands Lodge at the bottom of Park Lawn.

Regular sessions – every Wednesday and Friday, 2:30-4pm

Join our friendly Live Smart Co-ordinator, Will for a weekly session where you’ll be able to make friends and dabble in some active gardening. No experience or specialist equipment necessary. Always plenty of laughs and volunteers are rewarded with harvested produce! What’s not to love!

This month, we will be:

  • Planting sweetcorn, beetroot, sunflowers, sprouts and pumpkins
  • Finishing up work on our snazzy new raised beds
  • Enjoying the fab weather to get together and relax in this tranquil hidden spot!

Park Garden Party – Wednesday 18th May, 2:30-4pm

Join us for FOOD, FUN and FLOWERS…

As part of De-stresstival 2022, join us for a super chilled event with fab people. This is the perfect opportunity to take an hour or so out from your studies to de-stress, have fun and get some fresh air. You can enjoy:

  • Fun garden games
  • Yummy cake
  • Good music vibes
  • Plant veg and flowers
  • Bag yourself a free plant!

If you’d like to join our Live Smart community for this event, simply drop us a message on social media (links below) so we know how much cake we need. Hope to see you there!

To find out more about any Park Garden activities, drop Will a line at or follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

FCH Edible Garden

Founded more than 10 years ago, this garden is tucked away behind Shaftesbury Hall of residence and is run as a partnership between the local community residents association and the University.

Volunteers meet all year round on Sundays to look after the space which grows a variety of seasonal fruit as vegetables throughout the year.

The garden also has an outdoor pizza oven which is great for bringing people together in spring and summer.

To get involved, email Rowan Middleton ( or visit the Edible Garden Facebook page.

Oxstalls Peace Garden

Located to the left of the Teaching Centre, you can join regular meet up sessions run by UOG Chaplaincy on Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm. They have cake too, so always worth stopping by for a natter!

To get involved, email Sarah Rogaly (

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