Sustainable Campus

Aston-Campus-Wildlife-Group

Aston University considers itself as one of the main green spaces within Birmingham city centre. With this in mind, the University strives to manage its grounds by enhancing biodiversity wherever possible. The University has a Biodiversity Action Plan and a Biodiversity Code of Practice found on our policy pages. The following are key areas that support the objectives and targets set out in those documents.

Aston Campus Wildlife Group was started by a group of enthusiasts, founded by ex-employee Carolyn Taylor in 2009, to protect the wildlife on and around our campus. The group now has over 100 members, including staff and students from all around the University and they have already been involved in a number of projects on campus.

If you would like to get involved or become a member of the group please contact  aston_wildlife@aston.ac.uk

You can also join our Facebook group page.

If you have any concerns about wildlife that you see around the campus such as if you see an injured animal, please contact our security team first at security@aston.ac.uk.

Our campus grounds house over 160 orchard trees, which staff and students are encouraged to forage. These include cherry, pear, apple and walnut trees - plus a lemon tree in the library foyer!  Take a look at the Google Sustainability Map on our landing page to find out where these trees are located. Look out for well-being walks over the summer which take us on a tour of our edible campus and allow us to indulge in these delicious fruits. When the fruits are ripe and ready, the gardening team help us out by collecting all the hard to reach fruits and placing them in reception areas for people to help themselves.

There are also plans in place to increase the herb planting across campus - so watch this space!

Staff and Student Veg Box scheme

A local company, Vegetropolis  has set up a regular delivery slot to the Student Union reception every second Thursday of the month. They sell organic fruit and veg seasonal boxes and a selection of other organic groceries.

Student Union Sustainable Food Project

The SU has won £1000 to use towards a student food project. The SU are in the process of setting up a student run soup making scheme, sourcing local ingredients and selling the products on campus. For more information contact union.vpw@aston.ac.uk.

The Canal Adoption Team was created in 2018 as part of a Psychology Go Green Workbook excellence project. The Team are in the process of adopting the nearby canal area near Aston University. Aston staff and students can volunteer to join and help regenerate this part of the canal.

For more information or to join please e-mail aston_canal@aston.ac.uk.