A new community garden has opened on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus that is designed to become an outdoor space for staff, students and members of the local community to use for a raft of activities.

The Kent Community Oasis Garden or KentCOG is being developed from the ground by Student Wellbeing in partnership with local charity Kent Enterprise Trust (KET) as a collaborative space that anyone can get involved in, whether as a space to unwind and relax or to learn new skills, which is a key focus for KET and its volunteers.

To this end, the garden will provide the opportunity to take part in numerous seasonal initiative, growing plants and wildflowers to vegetables as well as other related activities.

The garden is also benefitting in its design from input by Gardeners’ World expert Mark Lane who lives locally and has provided his services free of charge. In particular, Mark is focusing on accessibility of the space so it will be available to use to as many people as possible in the future

Richard Cottam Head of Facilities Management in the Estates Department at the University of Kent said: ‘The Kent Community Oasis Garden will provide a fun, engaging and educational space for anyone who wants to get involved and we are proud to be able to host it at the University. All are welcome and we hope as many people as possible will take part. We have big plans for the garden in the years ahead and are grateful to everyone who has helped out so far.’

Other organisations taking an active involvement in the garden are the Whitstable and Herne Bay Beekeepers, Kent Union and the student-run Gardening and Foraging Society. More information on the garden can be found at the Kent Community Oasis Garden website.