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Saturday 24 February
Estates > Environment > Getinvolved > Campus allotments

Campus allotments

Our allotments are a staff- and student-led scheme where you can enjoy time-out with likeminded people and learn to grow fruit and veg. Over the years the allotments have produced everything from potatoes to pumpkins and cherry tomatoes to chillies. We even have a wormery and composting facilities at Chelmsford to recycle food waste from our campus and help your produce grow.


In a hidden sunny corner behind Peter Taylor and the tennis courts are some raised beds serving as campus allotments for staff and students.

The group meet on an ad hoc basis and is led by staff member Stphanie Jacometti from Anglia Learning & Teaching. If you would like to find out more or get involved, please email Stphanie, visit our Facebook page or visit our blog on Cambridge Growing Spaces.


Located at the back of the graduation green is The People’s Patch, a number of raised beds and planters along with a large 8 seat picnic bench. Our Chelmsford campus also has a hidden greenhouse used to grow seeds and house produce that prefers a warmer climate! There is now also a second patch further behind the allotment located in the newly created nature trail.

Student and staff volunteers are most welcome to come and garden alongside some of the vulnerable service users from Sanctus Homeless Charity where all produce grown is also donated.

The group meet weekly and is led by staff member Emma Hughes from the Student’s Union volunteering office. If you would like to find out more or get involved please send Emma an email.


Our Facilities Operatives at Guild House have put together 6 allotment beds in the courtyard at Guild House. Unfortunately soil conditions are less than desirable but with some care and attention (and lots of compost!) the allotments have great potential.

The allotments are for staff and students to use, everyone is welcome and no experience in necessary. If you would like get involved please email Jay and Shaun in Estates.