Welcome to the University of York Gardening Society blog! This will be a monthly update on all of the work our team are doing in Derwent Provost Gardens to turn the area into a thriving new green space on campus.
First I’d like to introduce the committee. I’m Patrick; President, co-founder and the Green Party candidate for Hull Road ward. I’m supported by Cameron, our Secretary, co-founder and the brains behind this operation. Eleanor is our ever-rational, ever-sassy, bobble-hat-wearing Vice President that makes sure rooms get booked and gardens measured. Ella is our Social Media Coordinator and the genius who is making us look like actual functioning people through the internet. Lucy, our Treasurer and resident vegan, is in charge of wearing cool jumpers, managing our offshore tax havens and “being an absolute legend”. Last but not least is our mascot, the plucky and ruthless-to-worms Ripper the Robin.
This month has been an amazing time for all of us on the Gardening Soc committee, as we have witnessed the birth and first shaky steps of our baby. We have grown into our new space (haha) and taken up with determination the massive project ahead of us. In Week 4 we hosted our first indoor event: a very successful ‘paint-a-pot-with-gardening-soc’ (props to Ella for some excellent iambic pentameter there). This involved painting and taking home little clay pots with a succelent in, and we were literally begged to hold the event every month!
The spades and forks are out, the ground is being dug and raked, the weeds are being cleared, ready for a spring of planting and a year of hard work to create an area bursting with colour and British wildlife. For anyone in York, we are in the Derwent Gardens, opposite Derwent Reception every Tuesday from 10am to 5pm. Follow our Facebook page for info and events: UoY Gardening Soc. This is going to be a wild ride, and I look forward to taking you all on this journey with us.
All the best,
Pʀᴇꜱɪᴅᴇɴᴛ ᴏғ UᴏY Gᴀʀᴅᴇɴɪɴɢ Sᴏᴄɪᴇᴛʏ
Gʀᴇᴇɴ Pᴀʀᴛʏ ᴄᴀɴᴅɪᴅᴀᴛᴇ ғᴏʀ Hᴜʟʟ Rᴏᴀᴅ ᴡᴀʀᴅ