The Oasis Garden
The University’s Student Support and Wellbeing Team is dedicated to the provision of mental and emotional support to students and staff at the University. Although most interaction is talking based support, we aim for a more lateral approach to wellbeing that includes signposting to services that may not be directly related to mental health but nevertheless have a positive impact.
Opened in the summer 2015 and located on an area of land next to Parkwood and on the Crab and Winkle Way, The Oasis Garden is an exciting 50th anniversary project that aims to provide a garden space to promote wellbeing and environmental/ecological awareness for the benefit of staff, students and the wider local community. The garden currently has an enclosed fruit tree orchard, a large enclosed lawn area suitable for wellbeing/community/ecology events, six bee colonies and has the potential for an allotment area for a shared food and gardening plot.
Some of the potential benefits of the project include:
To provide a comfortable, relaxed space for group work, meditation and socialising particularly for those with social anxiety.
To forge stronger bonds with residents of the City of Canterbury.
To enhance psychological and emotional wellbeing through a reconnection with nature.
To demonstrate the University of Kent’s commitment to ecology and conservation. There is potential to work with the onsite beekeeper educationally with the possibility of connecting beekeeping to wellbeing as an activity.
If you are interested in 'greening' your fingers, or you just want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings as a peaceful sanctuary, or for some relaxed conversation, please subscribe to the mailing list by clicking on the following link and entering your email address.
Any emails regarding this project should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We looking forward to hearing from you!