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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

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One aim of the Department’s Environmental Action Plan is to maintain the premises in an environmentally sensitive way. We endeavour to encourage and build interest from staff and students in regular gardening and biodiversity activities. These activities sit within the University’s overarching aim 'to be a leading organisation within the sector in limiting negative and, where possible, having positive direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity and natural ecosystems so that the University’s practical performance in this area matches its aspirations to be a global leader in conservation'.

In 2019-20, we began to develop our outside spaces to both encourage and sustain biodiversity, and to create attractive areas for staff and students to use.  We started in the autumn by tidying up the bike shed area and planting 100s of bulbs in the borders.

Bulb planting

During the Christmas break, the courtyard area behind House 21 was fitted with recycled planters (made and donated by SJH Groundworks) ready for cultivating our own vegetables in the Spring.  Tools and furniture have also been donated, and the Green Impact Team hopes to source more furniture so the courtyard can be used as an outdoor meeting room and as a place for staff and students to relax during the day.

SJH planters

Our first gardening session was held on 30 January 2020, when some of our students helped plant herbs in the beds –users of the garden are now enjoying the waft of lavender, rosemary and thyme as they sit in the sunshine.

Miguel gardening

In addition to developing an accessible outdoor space, the Department encourages everyone to have at least one pot plant in their office.  This has proved very popular, and some people have several different plants in their office. The Green Impact Team frequently receives requests for more plants!  We ran a houseplant gardening session to split and repot some of the existing specimens and create more plants.

Houseplant repotting

Judith gardening

Unfortunately, our plans to grow salad vegetables and flowers in the courtyard garden have been put on hold as the Department building is currently closed becasue of the Coronavirus lockdown.  As soon as the building is reopened, we will be back in our garden, and will continue to increase the biodiversity of our little section of the University and city. 

Dates of gardening sessions will be announced in due course and circulated to staff and students.

Course Changes 2020-21

The Department of Land Economy can confirm that there are no changes to the courses it is offering in 2020-21 in the BA, the MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration and the MPhil in Real Estate Finance. In the MPhil in Environmental Policy, modules EP03 (Environmental Values) and EP09 (Rural Environment: Property, Planning and Policy) will not run, but module EP07 (Comparative and European Environmental Law and Policy) will return.


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