Green Spaces

Students and staff digging the Mare Street dye garden
Students and staff digging the Mare Street dye garden

LCF is taking action to increase the biodiversity of flora and fauna across the six sites, with a range of Green Space initiatives.

LCF Green Council actively encourages student and staff action to increase the biodiversity of flora and fauna across the six sites, with a range of Green Space initiatives. The College Green Council aim to create outside spaces which are inspiring, promote environmental sustainability and act as places of sanctuary in the bustling city.

Staff and students have already planted an Urban Orchard at Mare Street. Heirloom varieties of apple trees planted include London Pippin, Cornish Aromatic and Barnack Beauty. An Urban Meadow of annuals and perennials has been sown at Lime Grove, forming part of the International River of Flowers project.

Students from LCF’s MA Fashion and the Environment course, and LCF staff, have worked together with the local community to create the Cordwainers Community Garden. The Garden is an inspiring place for students, staff and the local community to visit and relax, and it has two huge natural dye beds in a prominent, sunny position in the Mare Street courtyard. The planting scheme is designed not only to provide a source of natural dyes, but also to increase the biodiversity of plants within the urban environment, encourage native wildlife, and provide inspiring and stimulating surroundings for all users of the site.

The Garden has been successful in gaining third party funding from Capital Growth and is also a winner of the Mayor’s “Capital Bee” programme.

A bee hive was first introduced to the John Prince's Street roof terrace a few years ago, and now there are also thriving hives at Mare Street and Lime Grove. A variety of native plants have been introduced at each site to provide foraging areas for the bees.

A wildlife pond has been created at Lime Grove, designed to attract native frogs and newts. British plants fill the pool, including water forget-me-not, marsh marigold and cotton grass. The area around the pond will be naturalised over time by removing further paving slabs and replacing them with wild plants. Staff at Curtain Road are also planning their own pond in the site’s courtyard garden. According to the London Wildlife Trust, the spread of London’s urban environment has destroyed much of the natural habitat for amphibians in the capital. Therefore, ponds are important for common frogs and toads in providing an alternative to lost wildlife habitats.

Ponds not only provide homes for frogs, newts, insects and other invertebrates, but are also a vital source of drinking water for birds and attract insects to feed bats- other species that students and staff are keen to attract to appropriate sites. A range of bat boxes have been installed at Lime Grove to attract London species including small pipistrelles and the larger Brown Long-Eared, Daubenton's, and Natterer's bats.

The College Green Council actively encourage LCF Students and Staff to put forward their ideas about our green spaces and have set up the Sustainability Projects Fund to help students and staff bring their ideas to life.