LCF students and staff have been growing dye plants which have been used to create garments and collections, providing unique and beautiful examples of what can be achieved by harvesting local plants.
These activities also led to MA Fashion and Environment (now MA Fashion Futures) students showing their collections and skills in an Artisan retreat at the Chelsea Flower Show in May, in collaboration with Story Storey.
In making it to the final, the garden is also being recognised for its impact on the local community and environment.
LCF have been working with the mental health charity, MIND, to engage local volunteers in creating and maintaining the garden. Volunteers have worked weekly on the garden, learning new skills and bringing their enthusiasm to the LCF community.
The dye garden benefits local wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds and has increased the ecological value of unused, derelict land.
- Green Week will be celebrated at LCF on 10 – 14 Feb 2014 with a whole host of events and volunteering opportunities taking place across the college’s six sites. Find out about all the events.
- There are opportunities for you to get involved in gardening at LCF during Green Week, including building a greenhouse out of re-used bottles at Mare Street, helping out with the dye beds, and urban gardening at John Prince’s Street.
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