Cuths Gardening Society: a potted history of marrows and magic
Cuths Gardening Society is located on the Wendy House garden, directly opposite House 12 (up the stairs and on the left, behind the wall which overlooks the very bottom of the Bailey. Our sessions usually take place on Sunday afternoons, and we usually have a session once a term involving tending to the gardens behind the JCR in exchange for a FREE brunch!
Our exec consists of 3 groovy gardeners; Lauren Medley, our president, Kelleigh Jansen, our secretary, and Joyal Raju, our treasyrer.
During spring last year, we dug over the land, planted a wide variety of items including veg (onions, garlic and cabbages), flowers and herbs. The yield rate was pretty successful! Students were involved in a range of activities, from weeding, planting, cutting back to planning what could be grown next. We transformed a relatively unkempt plot into a tranquil area for members of the Society to enjoy.
This year we have been busy planting parsley, cress and wildflowers, along with tending to our current herbs and fruit bushes.
Gardening has numerous benefits for physical and mental health. Our garden provides great produce for society members to enjoy for free, and for the college as a whole. We are passionate about environmental sustainability, and in our small-scale fashion we use fully organic methods and a complimentary planting style which repels pest and encourages symbiotic growth.
We would really like to expand the society as much as possible this year, with many gardening sessions in spring and summer (very therapeutic as essay deadlines and revision creep up!), as well as new ways to engage with the produce and perhaps promote our produce.
If you have any ideas about how we could run our society better, or just questions in general, we’d love to hear them: