The lease for the UPSURGE NBS ‘agroecology community garden’ on the Belfast demonstration site has been approved. The key Stakeholders ‘Friends of the Field’ will implement the NBS together with Belfast City Council and Queen’s University Belfast.
The community garden space has already been fenced off. It is located beside research plots for use by Queen’s University. The large majority of the field has yet to receive confirmed designated use, and plans mooted involve a species-rich meadowland and a tree nursery.
The ground-plan for the agroecology garden has been co-designed with a wide range of stakeholders. It will feature a polytunnel, raised beds and social spaces for teaching and events. The garden aims to demonstrate innovative solutions for water harvesting, composting and sustainable local food production.