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DIGGING DEEP: UQ students and UQ Gatton Plant Science Society members Ben Anderson Kirsty Neale, Edward Perry, James Feez, Noeleen Warman, Emily Pattison, Billie White and Katie Ferro are creating a community garden at the campus.
DIGGING DEEP: UQ students and UQ Gatton Plant Science Society members Ben Anderson Kirsty Neale, Edward Perry, James Feez, Noeleen Warman, Emily Pattison, Billie White and Katie Ferro are creating a community garden at the campus. Amy Lyne

A community garden has started growing at the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland.

The UQ Gatton Plant Science Society, made up of 32 members, has begun creating the garden which is the size of two football fields.

Society member Edward Perry said the university had asked the society to create the garden, which developed into the community garden as well as an education space for horticulture and plant science students.

"So far we have constructed a number of swails, we have put in 18 plant beds and a shed," he said.

"We have also got a toilet block going in and water tank storage."

The garden is being built in stages, with the complete project to be completed in two to three years.

Member James Feez said they were currently in stage one which was the intensive garden stage.

In total there will be 42 garden beds for students and staff to use.

The project will also include a resource recovery unit which will take all the green waste from the university and process it as well as a poisonous plants area for the vet students to use for plant identification and an undercover lecture area.

The society said they were looking to build relationships with agricultural businesses in the area that would like to help with the garden or by doing presentations with the society students.

Topics:  community garden, gatton, university of queensland


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