WGU work with groups both on and off campus to promote a green and sustainable lifestyle.
Incredible Edible are an informal network of self-organising individuals and groups who are creating spaces in Wrexham where food is grown for anyone to access freely. They plan and share ideas for planting and growing.
Any level of experience welcome - all support needed to help tend, nurture and grow these free food growing projects.
Our Health & Safety Green Champion Claire Doran and Union Sustainability Officer Katie Saxby applied for, received and co-ordinated planting for 100 mainly edible native trees on campus.
Plas Derw forest School are based at WGU Northop Campus, they provide an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
North Wales Wildlife Trust
Carl Payne a WGU Wildlife & Plant Biology Graduate has become Vice Chairman of the North North Wales Wildlife Trust- Clywdian Branch.
The North Wales Wildlife Trust has a wealth of knowledge in practical conservation and is always keen to pass on information. A collaboration between them and the University is an opportunity to share knowledge, resource and promote education.
North Wales Wildlife Trust have the resources to ensure that conservation activities are supported; through a reciprocal agreement with WGU.
North Wales Wildlife Trust give support and supervision during pond clearance providing qualified personnel, with a newt licence. The offer to the North Wales Wildlife Trust includes access to the different habitats to survey or perform other activities within the realms of conservation.
North Wales Wildlife Trust, has a willing team of volunteers, there may be instances where theoretical concepts of what is to be executed in the field need to be discussed or taught. Some of these concepts will fall neatly into areas of conservation which are part of the curriculum and therefore students can attend.
WGU Northop has a fantastic species list Put together by Carl Payne that he regularly updates and we hope to execute a Bio-blitz in the near future. WGU Northop Species List 2018
Are you passionate about the environment, would you like to get involved with planting your very own fruit and veg at WGU? Head to our Northop Campus to get a patch in one of our five poly tunnels and between July – October pick your own apples from WGU’s orchard.
The University’s Northop Campus growing facility is run by a collaboration of community growing group Flintshare and WGU societies BotSoc and ZooSoc. You can get involved and learn about planting different seeds, weeding and transplanting and pest control. You will develop a practical understanding of horticultural techniques by understanding how to make compost, dig beds, as well as gain knowledge about different plants, insects and the eco system.
Working in the growing facility provides a great distraction from your busy life and you can enjoy some fresh air while taking in the stunning views from our rural campus. It promotes the mental and physical health benefits of being outdoors, getting physical, being part of bigger change, meeting and connecting with people and enables the university to create connections with growers and local charities as a way of engaging with a larger community.
Flint & District Beekeepers Association
Populations of honeybees are in decline in the UK and around the world. WGU has teamed up with Flint & District Beekeepers Association providing some land for the installation of 14 beehives on its Northop campus.
This is a fantastic opportunity to support and study the honeybee and emphasizes our efforts to become a more environmentally friendly organisation.
Without insect pollination, about one third of the crops we eat would need to be pollinated by other means, at great expense. Bees are the predominant and most economically important group of pollinators in most agriculturally significant regions.
The aim of the association is to promote within their membership; good beekeeping practice, provide guidance and support, provide ongoing information and awareness, introduce and support new beekeepers in the area.
Environmental Society (Previously BotSoc)
This society is a forum for Environment lovers and their friends, providing opportunities for discussion, information sharing.
The aims of the society, as well as providing a general forum, are to augment the learning experience of students with biology and ecology (for example) as part of their coursework, and hopefully to organise relevant excursions as part of this. Very much led by the desires and needs of students, members are encouraged to take an active role in making suggestions, getting involved in and organising events where appropriate. In 2017 BotSoc won ‘Most Improved Society’ at the Students Union Awards, and this year has become Environmental Society which worked alongside other societies for Go Green Week and has kept the collaboration with Flintshare, the community led growing group at Northop Campus.
For more information or to join, visit Environmental Soc
Sustainability and Fairtrade Network
A place to share Sustainability related information, resources, projects and volunteering opportunities for WGU students, staff, graduates and WGU related environment project workers. This year Sustainability and Fairtrade Network were at the forefront of removing single-use plastics from WgSU which the university quickly followed suit and helped the University achieve Fairtrade status. Sustainability and Fairtrade Network also won the Students Union Award for ‘Contribution and Collaboration’ for more information and to join visit Sustainability and Fairtrade Society or follow WGU Sustainability Fairtrade Soc on Facebook.
Follow the Link below to keep up to date with what WGU are doing to become more sustainable and oppertunities to get involved with eco events, campaigns and become part of the voice that is shapeing WGU's sustainable policies and procedures.