The University of Kent

The University of Kent is the home of the Kent Community Oasis Garden and the project is supported by colleagues across the University.

Estates Department

The Estates Department are supporting the project through advice, facilitation and logistical support Richard Cottam, section head for Hard FM Chairs the Kent Community Oasis Garden Steering Group.

Safety, Health and Environment Unit

The Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Unit is the driving force for sustainability action across the University and is proud to support this project and its objectives. The SHE Unit provides investment and staff resourcing to this project.

Student Services

The wellbeing team from Student Services is excited about the prospect of having natural spaces available to use for the purpose of building mental and emotional resilience and general wellbeing. As a team we understand that there is an immediate and positive experience that can be found when individuals or groups engage and participate in gardening and activities associated with the natural world.

The wellbeing team plans to collaborate with the KentCOG project and offer events that will take place at the garden as part of a calendar of wellbeing events. Examples of these activities are:

Bushcraft – foraging walks – eco-therapy – mindfulness – international group social – wild foods – student social support network events – art, nature and wellbeing – HeartMath – nutritional herbalism and more…

We look forward to developing this great resource alongside our friends and partners across the campus in order to offer a great co-curricular wellbeing resource.

Staff volunteers

Staff volunteers from across the University are an integral part of the space and have been volunteering at the site since its original inception. These staff members are represented on the KentCOG management group and continue to provide valuable support to the project.