Growhampton is a sustainability project with a big focus on food.
Growhampton was established in 2013 following a successful funding bid of £230,000 from the NUS Green Fund to implement a two-year programme that would inspire and engage students, staff and the Roehampton community with sustainability issues.
The project has been a huge success and continues to grow year on year. Now, seven years later, the project boasts several awards and acknowledgments, but the most important factor is the amazing number of people who have engaged with the project.
We have created an edible campus with its own growing site; complete with polytunnel and several smaller growing areas spread throughout the university campus. With this, it has become a place where fresh fruit and vegetables are grown to offer students more opportunities to learn about healthy food and where it comes from.
The Growhampton team also operates The Hive Cafè. A unique venue built out of former shipping containers and opened in May 2014 by our local MP Justine Greening. The Hive Cafè enables organic, ethical and local food to be affordable and accessible.
It offers a simple seasonal menu that uses produce grown on campus by the Growhampton team and is one of the best cups of coffee you will get in southwest London.
Students will engage actively in conversations about food, community and connections, and become stewards working for a better food and farming system.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Growhampton, drop the team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.