The Bardon Grange project is a community food growing project that gives students, staff, and other members of the local community the opportunity to grow organic food in a communal growing space. Our main site is an old walled garden at Bardon Grange (within the grounds of Oxley Halls of Residence) in North West Leeds that is owned by Leeds University. The project was established in January 2009 and is one of Leeds University Union's community projects.
We grow lots of organic fruit and veg in the garden, support and teach people how to grow their own, and also sell lots of plants and produce to help fund the project, and to encourage people to grow and eat locally produced food. We have weekly gardening sessions and a programme of workshops and events to help people learn more about sustainable food production, gain new skills, and enjoy the good life! See below for more information on what we've got coming up.
Bardon Grange Sessions
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers along to the garden; you don't need to know anything about growing food - just as long as you don't mind getting your hands dirty!
We have regular Wednesday afternoon/evening gardening sessions and we sometimes have other activities and workshops in the garden and on campus - have a look below for more info on what's on or check the LUU calendar on the What's On page of the LUU website.
On Campus Gardening Sessions
You may have seen the new sustainable garden in Chancellor's Court, next to the Roger Stevens building. The space is open for anyone to come along and harvest the produce, but If you want to be involved in maintaining the garden please come along to our weekly gardening sessions. Whether you are a skilled food grower or a complete novice, come along and enjoy being outside in a beautiful space and we can share ideas and learn from eachother!
Tuesdays 3pm - 5pm/dusk
Thursday 12pm - 2pm
More sessions TBC (email firstname.lastname@example.org to join mailing list to be kept up to date with sessions)
As well as volunteering in the garden at Bardon Grange, we often have other volunteer opportunities available. Why not get involved in planning our salad enterprise, join our communications team in the office, or takeresponsibility for a specific job in the project e.g. looking after our fruit trees. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested.
Locally Produced Compost and Woodchip
We have lots of compost and woodchip at Bardon Grange produced by the University Grounds and Gardens team. Its produced from the green waste around campus, so its very local and sustainable! If you would like any compost and/or woodchip for yourself or your organisation, we'd be very happy for you to take some off our hands in return for a donation to the project. Any income that we receive goes into us helping sustain and develop the Bardon Grange Project.
Please be aware that the compost and woodchip is only available for pick-up by prior arrangement - please contact us at least a week in advance of when you ideally would like to collect some, so that we've got enough time to arrange for someone to be there and point you in the direction of the compost heap.
Please note that you need to provide your own bags/sacks, and also bring along your own spade or shovel. The best times for picking up is Wednesday late afternoon or early evening during one of our gardening sessions. Other times possible by prior arrangement.
Donations can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to Leeds University Union) and must be made on collection.
Alternatively, we can invoice you for larger amounts, but please contact us in advance.
For more information, please contact Caroline, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0113 3801328.
To find out more, email Caroline, the project coordinator, at email@example.com, check out our Facebook group or follow on Twitter!
Here are some directions (pdf) to Bardon Grange, and our postcode is LS16 5PA, in case you're not sure where to find us.