The creation of vegetable beds using wood, soil and seed. The wood should be recycled from waste. The compost should be made from food waste etc.
By planting vegetables in various parts of the college you help to increase the amount of bug life in the city. Flowering vegetables attract bees and aphids, which attract lady bugs. Not only this, by using proper compost and soil, you massively increase the amount of microorganisms in the surrounding soil. Birds will be attracted to the insects the vegetable plants attract. All of this is in addition to the obvious benefit - you sustainably grow food for the college! Even if not used it can be distributed to local charities. There are very little downsides to this project. Cost is low, labour is low. The objectives are to increase the biodiversity of the green spaces within the college while also providing an efficient growing space. The food grown should be provided to people in need. The biodiversity which is nurtured will help to encourage the government to carry out similar projects in urban areas. The creation of woodchip beds combined with soil and compost results in a low maintenance growing space. Students and staff should be encouraged to participate (voluntarily) in weeding and harvesting and also the construction of the beds and planting of vegetables. There are benefits associated with increased connectivity to nature and sustainable growing.
Scope of the project
Unused green spaces will be utilized.
There will need to be an initial investment to find suitable wood sources, woodchips and compost. These costs are dependent on the scale of the project, with discounts occurring on larger purchases. Labour costs are likely.
How do you envisage dealing with COVID-19 restrictions?
Considering the project is primarily outdoors, social distancing will be possible. Masks will be used.
Trinity College Dublin
- Academic staff members
- Non-academic staff members
Expected date to be completed
Team Leader Information
Name: Callum Eagle-Hendrick
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