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The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Geography students volunteer with Planet Too

On their second day at University, our new first year Geographers got stuck in and planted the Food For Thought allotment that has been developed as part of the Planet Too scheme. Planet Too (http://www.northamptonunion.com/planettoo/) is a student-led programme that is designed to change thinking and behaviours around sustainable development at the University.

The students took turns preparing the soil and planting trees and vegetables. After a couple of hours hard work we had changed a patch of bare ground into an allotment growing apples, plums, raspberries, runner beans, broccoli, leeks and lettuces! The allotment will be maintained by Planet Too volunteers over the course of the year.

Planting the Food for Thought allotment

Planet Too stall at Union Day
As well as doing the hard work outside, some members of the class took their places behind the Planet Too stall at the Union Day event. On Union Day representatives from sports teams and student societies provide information to students about the wide range of opportunities and activities they can get involved in alongside their studies. Our intrepid first years persuaded people to sign up for the Student Switch Off campaign, which encourages students to conserve energy in their homes, whether they reside in halls or in off-campus education.