The Harrow garden also known as the Green Space can be found outside the Forum (through the exit next to the Costa) at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design.
It has been created as a part to the University of Westminster’s Sustainability project.Sustainability in Practice focuses on six key areas: Energy, Recycle and Reuse. Transport, Water, Food and Innovation. You can learn more about the project here.
We caught up with Sustainability Food Assistant Cormac Cleary to learn more about the Harrow garden and its benefits to our students and staff.
Can you tell me a bit more about the space?
The idea is to help engage people with where their food comes from as well as encourage biodiversity through the flowering plants.
We also run workshops every two weeks, as a learning tool. During the workshops we bring in a professional gardener who tends to the garden and shares their expertise with the rest of us. The workshops vary depending on the season: in autumn we do harvesting and during winter we do soil care and at this time of year it’s all about planting.
Can any students or staff grow vegetables or fruits here?
Yes. It would be best if anyone who was interested would come along to one of our workshops, (they are posted on the Change for Good blog) first or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get in touch and tell us what they would like to plant so we can plan in advance.
What are the benefits of using the space?
It’s a chance for people living in London to see how food grows. When you put so much effort into growing a handful of kale you realise the value of food.
What are the plans for the Harrow garden?
Behind the back of the canteen, we are planning to put a herb garden so the kitchen can use their own grown herbs. It should be installed at the end of this month.
Thank you Cormac!
So you may all wonder what can you find in the garden? There are radishes, spring onions, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, rosemary, carrots, parsley, sage, oregano, and kale.
Besides from reconnecting to nature and having a feeling of pride seeing your planted seed grow into a plant, you also get to take home some fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, I am sold!