Queen's staff and students are continuing to think green whilst self-isolating! The QUB community have been challenged to take part in a Grow Your Own (GYO) competition, and the responses have been very impressive.
For more information on how to start growing your own fruit and veg click here.
While planting out your veg patch or pots do not forget to feed the bees! Check out what you can do to help bees in your garden here.
Below are a few top tips from Queen's Head Gardener, Paul Wallace:
If you do decide to take part make sure you send the Environmental Team regular updates via the QUB Sustainable Champions Teams Group. Check out what staff and students have been up to below:
Queen's University Belfast has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award in the 2019 Green Flag Awards – becoming the first university in Northern Ireland to be recognised by the scheme. Hosted at Queen's this year on Tuesday 23 July 2019, the Green Flag Awards are judged annually by a panel of experts who volunteer their time to assess the management plans and the applicant sites through a rigorous judging process.
The University achieved Green Flag status for its Lanyon site by having a site management plan in place and ensuring compliance with a range of strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management, biodiversity, community involvement, and safety standards.
Queen's also received its first Green Heritage Award for the Lanyon site in recognition of the site's celebration and promotion of unique elements of its heritage. Paul Wallace, Head Gardener in the University's Grounds and Gardens team, also achieved special recognition at the awards ceremony, where he was awarded 'Employee of the Year'.
For more on this, click here.
A number of Staff and Student initiatives, funded via the Green Fund, are ensuring Queen's Campus is providing a range of species with 'homes'.
To achieve this, raising awareness of their local environment is a priority. Queen's Wildlife Camera project, undertaken by the Porters, aims to engage and educate staff, students, and the local community about the importance of ‘green’ spaces within urban environments.
So far a range of species have been spotted! Can you identify any in the video?
Queen’s University, Green at Queen’s Society, The Conservation Volunteers and residents within Sans Souci are collaborating on a nature project – to create a tree nursery which will produce 1,000 trees over the next two years.
The project has a range of benefits:
The below videos show the annual lifecycle of their apple trees from dormant, in blossom, early fruit, in leaf and fruit ready to be picked.
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