University of Sussex Media Release.
. Students to grow their own

11 October 2000
For immediate release

Students keen to grow their own organic food have been given a unique opportunity at the University of Sussex. Ten allotments have been made available on campus for those interested in gardening.

The plots, which each measure 50 square metres and are at the northern end of the Falmer site, will be allocated at a draw ceremony on Friday, October 20. Each successful applicant will also receive an information starter pack about how to grow organic produce - in keeping with the University's policy against the use of pesticides - and a composter unit, provided by Brighton and Hove Council.

"I believe we are the first university in the country to be offering students this facility," said the University's Environmental Officer Amanda Hastings. "It looks as though it will be popular. The plots are in a lovely setting and we have already received more applications than we have plots available."

She said the scheme, which will cost each allotment-holder 10 a year in rent, would be attractive to those who wanted an economic way to have an organic diet, and for those who enjoyed the fresh air.

"If the interest continues, we'll be looking to increase the number of allotments," she added. "We don't mind what people grow, as long it's legal!"

Notes for editors

For photographs and further information, contact Amanda Hastings, Environmental Officer, University of Sussex, Tel: 01273 678904.

For further information please contact Jacqui Bealing or Alison Field, Press Office, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email J.A.Bealing@sussex.ac.uk or A.Field@sussex.ac.uk.

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