Welsh fruit trees success for Bangor goes international
Despite the rain last weekend, a hugely enthusiastic and dedicated team of Bangor University students volunteered to plant dozens of Welsh variety fruit trees in and around campus. Supported by The Sustainability Lab, the Woodland Trust, Undeb Bangor and with grant funding from NUS, and fuelled by tea and cake, the student team made new homes for 40 sturdy young trees planted at 8 locations on the Ffriddoedd site near Enlli, Reichel, Alaw, Y Borth, Y Glyder, Bryn Haul and Bryn Gwyn Halls of Residence.
Gabe Hibberd, chair of Bangor’s Students’ Sustainability Action Group who organised the tree planting said:
This really will open the door to sustainable thinking. These trees in Bangor will take 10 years before everyone sees the benefit, but planting for the future is how we create a more resilient, food-secure and beautiful campus. This is surely something we can all agree and help each other achieve.”
Gabe also added that he and the team wanted to pass on big thanks to the Bethesda Pay As You Feel café for providing soup and pizza at the end of planting, and to Rob Hughes in the university grounds team at BU-PACS for agreeing to the students’ vision of ‘producing a legacy’.
Sustainability Lab to collaborate with Ugandan sister on growing greenspace
After the success of Bangor’s Welsh fruit tree planting, Bangor’s sustainability sister in Uganda, Makerere University, plans to match Bangor tree for tree. Supported by Hub Cymru Africa , this work is part of the exciting and ever growing partnership between Bangor’s Sustainability Lab, Student Sustainability Action Group and Undeb Bangor and Makerere’s Sustainability Programme to foster sustainable thinking for current and future generations across the globe, and to learn from each other by sharing experiences.
The Student Sustainability Action Group is looking for new projects and members!
With a successful project under its belt, the Student Sustainability Action Group is now looking for its next project and for more members, for example there has been great enthusiasm for raised beds for veg growing right outside the University halls windows. The Group welcomes new projects and would love to hear about your ideas to create a better and more sustainable Bangor for today and the future. If you have any ideas or would like to find out more about what the group does or about volunteering, email Gabe, chair of the Student Sustainability Action Group or Gaz Williams the Student Opportunities Coordinator.