A shared space within College for growing food and flowers
The Fitzwilliam Community Allotments were founded in 2014. Located behind Wilson Court, the beds are open to all students and staff (academic and otherwise), and are used for both individual growing and regular communal gardening sessions. Seeds and equipment are paid for by the college, and so the allotments provide a free and convenient way for members of the college to leave the library and be outdoors with people they might otherwise have the chance to interact with. Produce has included potatoes, broad beans, sunflowers and near-constant chard. The food grown is advertised on the allotment’s Facebook page and made available to the entire college. Among plentiful other assistance, the college’s head gardener has recently gifted two gooseberry bushes to the allotments.
The allotments were partly funded by the Fitzwilliam Society, who also recently donated funds for a mini-greenhouse.