The Kent Community Oasis Garden

Kent Community Oasis Garden

A multi-use space for students, staff and the local community, run in partnership with East Kent Mind

Welcome to the Kent Community Oasis Garden

We are the Kent Community Oasis Garden (KentCOG), a collection of students, staff and community members working to create a sustainability hub centred around growing food.

Come along to one of our open sessions on Wednesday and Friday (10:00am – 2:00pm) to find out more, or email us at kentcog@kent.ac.uk

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Welcome to KentCOG

Learn about what we do at the Kent Community Oasis Garden and how you can find out more.

How to find us

Follow along with our useful video that will show you how to walk from the Sports Centre to the Kent Community Garden located in Parkwood.

KentCOG Student Ambassadors

Meet KentCOG's Student Ambassadors

KentCOG Student Ambassadors for 2023-24 are Charlie(left) and Ameira(right).  

'We are both final year students at Kent who have found the garden to be a place of joy and community separate from our daily hectic uni lives. We both love the garden and are passionate about using our roles as ambassadors to make sure every single volunteer also feels the way we do about this amazing space. We are learning how to do these new roles and are always open to speak to anyone about anything regarding the garden, whether that is feedback, criticism or just a small question.' 

Come along and enjoy the space.

Scroll down to see our upcoming events.

Spring Activities

All events take place at the garden unless otherwise stated. You can find directions to the garden using the location button in the top banner of the page. If you have any questions about getting involved, please email us at kentcog@kent.ac.uk

New events added monthly.

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    Gardening for everyone

    Every Wednesday

    Open gardening session, all welcome!

    10am - 2pm

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    Gardening for everyone

    Every Friday

    Open gardening session, all welcome!

    10am - 2pm

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    Plant Hospital

    Wednesday 7th February

    Bring along your sick or neglected houseplants and we will try to resuscitate them and provide you with any resources you might need. Occurs first Wednesday of each month.  

    Drop in between 10am - 2pm

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    February Seed Sow

    Wednesday 7th February

    Come along to the garden and join our monthly seed sowing activity. Learn how to grow your own food from seed. We will be sowing seeds on the first Wednesday of the month throughout Spring Term.

    11am-12pm

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    Planting a Food Forest

    Wednesday 7th February 

    Learn about food forests and permaculture design while connecting to the natural world through this interactive workshop. We will be planting some food forest too.

    1pm - 2pm

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    Love Nature-'Seed Dating'

    Wednesday 14th February

    Come along and have a go at 'Seed Dating' this Valentines day. We will be planting flower seeds in a speed dating style while meeting new people, making connections and ensuring a scent filled summer.

    Starts 1pm until 2pm 

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    Gear up to Grow

    Wednesday 21st February

    Join our small group guided session that will introduce you to the garden and provide some core gardening and nature based skills, centred on understanding the sustainability challenges our world is facing. 

    1pm - 2pm

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    Plant Hospital

    Wednesday 6th March

    Bring along your sick or neglected houseplants and we will try to resuscitate them and provide you with any resources you might need. Occurs first Wednesday of each month.

    Drop in between 10am - 2pm

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    March Seed Sow

    Wednesday 6th March 

    Come along to the garden and join our monthly seed sowing activity. Learn how to grow your own food from seed. We will be sowing seeds on the first Wednesday of the month throughout Spring Term.

    11am-12pm

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    Gear up to Grow

    Wednesday 13th March

    Join us for the last small group guided session this term that will introduce you to the garden and growing vegetables, whilst gaining an understanding of sustainability within food growing and consumption. 

    1pm-2pm

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    Sustainable Crafting

    Wednesday 20th March

    Come along and join us for sustainable crafting where we will be learning some simple techniques which have great impact. This session we will be making natural macrame plant pot holders and planting  pots to take away.

    1pm - 3pm

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    Bumblebee Walk

    Wednesday 27th March

    This Wednesday will be the first monthly 2024 bumblebee monitoring walk at KentCOG. We will be identifying and recording bees as part of the Bumblebee Conservation Trusts citizen science project, each month until October. 

    2pm-3pm

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Green Gown Award Finalists!

KentCOG is a finalist for the Green Gown Awards 2023 for the catergory of Student Engagement.

We are really proud of this achievement and are looking forward to submitting for the next stage of the awards. More information about the awards can be found on the Green Gown Award's website.

Winners and Highly Commended entries will be announced at the awards dinner in November.

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