University of Leeds’ Sustainable Garden

Built more than 2 years ago in from a partnership with University of Leeds’ sustainability department, the Sustainable garden won the category of ‘Landscape, Public Realm and Public Art’ in the Leeds Architecture Awards, the same year of its creation in 2013.

Hosting drop-in session all along the year, every Wednesday, anyone can join the Bardon Grange Project initiative, and learn urban farming technics as permaculture ones. The mission you will be granted  will varies among seasons, to maintain gardens.

As explained previously here, permaculture, which came from the words ‘PERMAnent agriCULTURE’, aims to create sustainable agriculture by cultivating following nature’s patterns. So basically, using whatever natures brings you to create a pattern, trying not to use fertilizers and machines.

Because of what is called ‘the hungry gap’, that period in spring where the winter crops have reached an end and the summer crops are not ready yet to be exploited, spring and especially March and April months are the leanest in United-Kingdom, the garden is for now in preparation to host summer seeds.

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Gardening tools
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The sustainable garden is not the only creation of the Bardon Grange Project, they also built a roof garden on top of the Student Union’s building, where permaculture and organic is also used.

For Rita Oldenbourg, the project coordinator, sustainability is essential nowadays, for everyone to survive. “The space is a demonstration of urban agriculture, showing ornamental edible planting in a busy public place. All the produce which is grown is for people to help themselves to. Free, local, and sustainably produced food is radical! We’re challenging the current food production system and hoping to provoke people to think differently”.

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Gardening Tools
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If you want to volunteer and join the happy team, follow that link for more information.

2pm – 6pm

(2pm – 4pm from November until March)
At the Sustainable Garden on Chancellor’s court, Leeds University campus, next to the Roger Stevens Building.


12pm – 2pm March til October only

On the Roof Garden, Level 2, Leeds University Students’ Union.


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Preparing the soil for summer crops
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