Delight at Chelsea Silver Gilt award

University of Roehampton students are celebrating after a garden they played a key part in creating received a silver gilt award from judges at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Posted: 23 May 2014

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The garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Student Eats Garden at the show featured a number of plants and vegetables grown on campus by Roehampton students, as well as honey and juices they made, which played a part in claiming the medal. The honey was produced by bees living in hives on the roof of the university’s union building and the apple juice came from orchards near a lake on the campus.

The garden itself was also built by Roehampton’s students, along with a team from Birmingham City University and was organised by the National Union of Students.

Wade Tomlinson, University of Roehampton Students’ Union President said: “We have always encouraged students to take a responsible view of the world around them, and the recently launched Growhampton project has helped them set up allotments and learn about producing their own food.

“To win an award at the Chelsea Flower Show is absolutely the icing on the cake and coming a week after we launched the Growhampton café on campus, shows the University of Roehampton is really starting to make a name for itself on the environmental awareness front.”

The Student Eats project encouraged visitors to the world-renowned flower show to interact and engage with horticulture. The Chelsea garden celebrates the value of student-led sustainable food production, focussing on the benefits it brings to education.

Members of the Growhampton team and student volunteers will be at Chelsea Flower Show to promote what they have given to the project.

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