Biodiversity Projects

Pollinator Gardens

The European Honey BeeWith the highly publicised decline in the national bee population, Newcastle University is taking action to provide habitat for pollinating insects. We have a number of bee hives across our estate and there are many more in the surrounding area.

In order to provide sources of nectar and pollen as well as suitable nesting habitats we have planted up a number of unused areas of our estate as 'pollinator gardens'. These gardens contain plants and flowers chosen by our own experts as pollinator friendly. We have a range of flowers with differing petal shapes (attracting a range of insects) and a succession of opening times so insects have a nectar resource throughout the year.

Conservation Society volunteers carrying out biodiversity enhancement work.Longbenton Sports Ground

The introduction of wildflower plugs on 2 banksides that were previously heavily managed has seen the creation of 2 wildflower meadows at Longbenton.

This biodiversity enhancement work has encouragde a diversity of flora to grow and provided a variety of habitats for local wildlife.

Henderson Hall Allotment

School children learning how to grow food at the Henderson Hall allotmentWhen an area of University owned land at Henderson Hall was identified as unused, the University decided to turn it into an allotment in partnership with local charity EastEnd Health. A University grant was awarded to the partnership to create and run the allotment.

EastEnd Health use the allotment to teach school children about growing plants and nutrition. University staff and students often help out the charity with the running of the allotment and teaching the school groups.

Would you like to learn about food growing or learn new skills whilst helping out your community as an allotment volunteer (PDF: 206KB) or a North East Food Discovery volunteer? (PDF: 63KB) You can also come along and pick your own (PDF: 446KB) from our allotment shop!

For more information, please contact Anna at EastEnd Health on 0191 276 0595 or e-mail