Volunteering with NUSU Go Volunteer: The Roof Garden Project at Newcastle University

This week I decided to pay a visit to the roof garden which is located on top of the INTO building in the heart of the Newcastle University campus. This is a great volunteering opportunity for any green fingered students who want to get involved with gardening while meeting new people!

The roof garden project is a fairly recent addition to campus and has so far proven successful. Volunteers have the opportunity to grow a wide range of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and can then take some of the produce home to eat!


ROSEMARY: one of the many herbs grown as part of the project

The roof garden project can benefit volunteers in a range of different ways, from educating them about the environment to enhancing their social skills. Project leader, Jon Pickering, said:

“First and foremost, the volunteers learn how to grow and plant sustainably, and about the importance of using locally sourced local supplies.

“Local grown is always better and fresher than imported, and it also cuts down on the air miles for the produce.

“But, probably more importantly, horticulture can bring people together – not so much for the growing but for the interaction between different nationalities. I think the biggest thing is the shared experience and the fulfilment of seeing things grow.”


ECO-FRIENDLY: Jon with the beginnings of the pop bottle greenhouse on the roof of the SU

Check out the rest of my interview with Jon in the video below!

How can I get involved?

You can get involved with volunteering at the roof garden every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. Meet outside the Bernicia Building at 1pm and from there you’ll be taken up onto the roof to join in the fun!

One of the great things about this project is that you can volunteer as little or as often as you like, so this is an ideal project for students who want to get away from the stress of deadlines for a couple of hours a week and channel their energy into gardening!

For more details, visit the NUSU Go Volunteer website and search for the roof garden project.


ON THE ROOF: the rooftop garden provides an oasis of calm in the centre of a busy campus

That’s it for this week’s blog post – stay tuned to find out what volunteering activity I get up to next week! Until then you can stay up to date with everything that I’m doing by following me on Twitter and Instagram.

See you next week!

– Flo🌱

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