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“The lawn gets a make-over!” Do you know of a piece of grass that is a ‘no-go’ area? A lawn so perfectly manicured it’s on every brochure and picture back drop? This is the Fielding Johnson Lawn at the University of Leicester. I decided this had to change, that this green space should be enriched for the enjoyment of both staff and students whilst ensuring a balance with nature.
How did I do this? By convincing senior University management to allow me to lead a group of volunteers to create the campus’ very first forest garden- a mini woodland ecosystem producing edible harvest.
This will benefit years of staff and students in the future and has changed the University’s attitude towards planted areas with a new focus on biodiversity and interactive green spaces.
Top 3 learnings:
1. Students do have the power to change University policy and procedure.
2. Creating a big impact can come from a small idea.
3. Enthusiasm and persistence eventually pays off.
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