phdiggers allotment project

Wednesday 05 February 2020, 1pm - 3pm

uea allotments (meet in union house @ 13:00)

PhDiggers is a gardening group for all postgraduates at the University of East Anglia, set up by the uea(su) Courage Project. We hope that, through access to gardening and green spaces, postgraduate students will be able to alleviate some of the stress, anxiety, and sense of isolation often involved in postgrad and PhD research.

Did you know that as a postgraduate student, you have access to allotment space on the edge of campus? Since May 2019, a small group of postgrads, supported by the uea(su) Courage Project, have been revamping five allotments in order to grow a variety of fruit, vegetables, and herbs! This groups is called PhDiggers, and everyone is welcome to join! Are you an allotment pro? Or perhaps simply intrigued by the prospect of gardening, but not sure where to start when it comes to digging, planting, weeding, and all the other typical allotment-related verbs? No prior knowledge is required, this group is all about community, teamwork, and learning as we go. Also - letting off steam by hacking away at weeds and digging up dirt is SUPER cathartic...

"What do I need to bring?" I hear you ask? Just comfy clothes (suitable for getting muddy), good shoes (the tools are sharp!), and a positive attitude. :) We'll do a brief safety talk beforehand so everyone is prepared.

"Is this just for PhD students?" While the allotments and PhDiggers as a group have been set up by the Courage Project - a project specifically for tackling PGR mental health issues - we will never turn away folks who want to get involved despite not being PGRs! Come along and join in the fun!

Sign up by clicking the ticket link above. Spaces are limited! We'll be meeting in Union House before carrying the tools over to the allotments. New PhDiggers who attend will get a free PhDiggers mug and/or t-shirt (we have a limited supply) to celebrate your participation in this awesome project!

We hope to see you there!

(IMPORTANT: The allotments are not very accessible for individuals with mobility issues. The ground leading up to the allotments is grassy and uneven, and may be difficult to traverse for folks who use wheelchairs or walking sticks. If you would like to get involved but are concerned about accessibility, please get in contact.)