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Accessible allotments


The sensory/accessible garden is wheelchair friendly and designed to provide horticultural therapy for students and staff, especially for those with disabilities.

The innovative raised garden beds for accessible gardening allow users to reach all the cultivation area, the units are also suitable for children’s use and allow scope for creativity and fit in well with the universities STEM project.

The layout of raised garden beds helps foster social interaction between gardeners, while the work itself improves fitness and acts as a liaison between the senses of touch, sight and smell. Flowers, herbs, vegetables and even small fruits can be grown, thanks to the generous volume of soil.

Peace Garden

peace garden

This is a quiet area on campus designed for people to sit and rest planted with local wildlife in mind and containing a small water feature.

The Peace Garden Project represents one of the most visible developments of the main Campus regeneration that underpins Ecoversity. It has transformed the area on Campus alongside Great Horton Road and is the first impression that many visitors and passers-by see of the University Campus. In 2006 the site looked rather different (see picture on the front cover) with broken paving slabs, exposure to traffic on Great Horton Road and a lack of places to sit all rather grim.

The Campus master plan proposed to create more and improved soft (plants) and hard landscaping (structures, paving, seating etc.) to support a greener, safer, more sociable Campus. The garden was designed to be inspiring, uplifting, innovative, sensitive to its many users and stakeholders and ecologically sound.

It also symbolises the significant contribution to peace education by the University and offers a more inviting area to walk through and sit in. In addition, the Project was the first changing the way that major Estates initiatives are developed. The Project had a design team comprising Estates and Facilities Officers, Marketing and Communications as well as academic staff and local community representatives. This reflected the core participatory principle underpinning Ecoversity. End users and those affected by the Project were therefore involved in the design process in a meaningful way.

Bright Building Biodiversity Roof Garden

Bright Building Biodiversity Roof Garden

The biodiverse Roof Garden to the new Bright Building provides both an educational resource to the new sustainable enterprise centre, and a new species rich habitat for wildlife.

Planting to the western end includes a native Butterflies and Bees Wildflower Meadow area supplemented with an Annual Cornfield Mix to provide an additional burst of colour during its first year. A small pond planted with native marginal and Aquatics such as Marsh Marigold, Water Mint, Flag Irises, Rush and Sedge, provides an additional habitat and source of drinking water for wildlife

Atrium Landscape terrace

Atrium landscape terrace

The newly landscaped seating space outside the Atrium completed in January 2014 includes 'Living Green retaining walls' planted with wildlife attracting flowering and berrying climbers including Honeysuckles, Rose, Jasmine, Clematis, Pyracantha, Chaenomles and Ceanothus trained onto wires.

Sun catching plant beds to the south of the space include a small Specimen Fig tree, and a herb area planted with Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Thyme and a Bay Laurel Cone.

In spring 2014 some perpetual Strawberries will be planted to the three Steel Tree Planters. Spring bulbs such as Daffodils, Snowdrops, Crocuses and Iris reticulata will provide a splash of early spring colour in the shrub beds.

Spring flowers

spring flowers

Spring flowers outside the Phoenix building a mixture of viola, pansies and prim-roses. This is was the first time the department had undertaken planting in this area.



There is a bees's patch at the beehives. This patch is also home to our apiary which houses four beehives and produces local University honey.

A part of this surrounding area has been given to the Peace Studies department who have designed and planted species which will supply food sources for the bees nearby.

Stem building

stem building

The planting around the newly completed Bright Building and STEM Building include a variety of habitats for wildlife. Flowering Ornamental Shrubs including Lavender, Hebe, Sedum and Buddleia provide a source of pollen for bees and butterflies.

Berrying ornamental plants such as Viburnum, Skimmia, Mahonia and Cotoneaster provide fruit and berries for birds. Evergreen shrubs such as Juniper, Bamboos, Hebbes, and Escallonia will eventually provide some dense winter ground foraging cover for birds.


Pemberton Building.

During the summer months this area is a showcase of summer bedding plants and colourful flower basket displays and window boxes. There is also an area for rose bushes, selected for their beauty and highly fragrant scents.

We have a new proposal for this area which will include soft fruits and herbs.

Forest Garden

forest garden

The idea of a forest garden refers to a garden structured like a woodland, with multiple layers of mostly perennial plants that have multiple uses and interact in beneficial ways.

In line with the University’s planting policy, this proposal contains a diverse range of edible plants as well as plants with wildlife benefits. 

School of Health


Herb Garden this is a quiet area for people to sit and rest; planted with local wildlife in mind, a small pond and a native hedge. A medicinal herb garden has been planted to coincide with the opening of the School of Health in the summer of 2011.

Various herbs have been planted here which hold healing qualities such as fennel, lavender, parsley, peppermint, sage, rosemary, chives and thyme.

Longside Edible planting

edible planting

The site has been planted with lots of edible species such as gooseberries and blackcurrants which are quickly picked by staff and students during fruiting season.

These are grown alongside lavender, sage and rosemary as well as apple and damson trees and other various wildlife attracting shrubs and wildflower borders.

The Sedum Roof Norcroft Centre

Norcroft Building.

The Sedum roof covers an area of 100m2 and provides the building with a natural thermal insulation and noise reduction as well as providing habitat for animals, birds and insects.

Green Campus Tours

We'd love to show you all the some of the things we've done to help improve the environmental sustainability of the campus including biodiversity, energy production, buildings, composting etc.

Green Tour Image 2013.  

Tours are announced in the staff and student newsletters but are usually on the last thursday of the month.  They take approx. 1 hour and start at 12.30pm at Student Central reception.

You can use this printout to do a Self Guided Nature Trail or find out about our Yorkshire in Bloom 2015.

Getting involved

There are several active initiatives that allow you to get involved in biodiversity and greening the campus.  All of these offer the opportunity to meet people with Growing Group at the Permacultural Allotments. similar interests and learn informally about the environment.

  • Growing Group - a group of around 50 volunteers on the permacultural allotment site  the Veg Out Patch.  This has been supported by the Ecoversity Local Action Fund to buy simple equipment and Estates through provision of land and compost etc.  It is a great opportunity for people to learn skills and get to know each other. For more information on the Veg Out Patch, please visit:

  • Bird Survey - Around 30-40 volunteers annually survey the bird populations of the campus using formal BTO procedures to build up a data set of populations which are fed back to British Trust for Ornithology.  Experienced twitchers lead groups and help to educate enthusiastic beginners while surveying, another great way to meet people and learn skills. 

  • Bulb Planting - A recent bulb planting exercise in which staff and students were invited to help plant while supervised by estates staff.

  • Beehives - staff volunteer beekeepers look after the hives and are used for educational purposes. We currently have three colonies of bees in our apiary.

If you would like to get involved in any of these types of activities or want more information please contact