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UCL School of Pharmacy Medicinal Garden now open

16 May 2017

Echinacea on white background

The new UCL School of Pharmacy Medicinal Garden was inaugurated on Tuesday 4th April with the first planting session.

Volunteers from the Institute of Child Health and Institute of Education joined some staff and students from the School in laying the first plants in the bed in Brunswick Square.

The management of the bed was given the School by the Friends of Brunswick Square (FOBS), a society of local residents who preserve and promote the gardens of the Square. A member of FOBS supervised the planting and all volunteers learned some top gardening tips.

The four species planted were Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), Valeriana officinalis (valerian), Lavandula  angustifolia (lavender) and Calendula officinalis (marigold).  All four have medicinal properties and were acquired thanks to a grant from the UCL Sustainability Team.  UCL Careers Service donated some fertiliser from their wormery which was used to nourish the soil.  Echinacea purpurea and Matricaria recutita (chamomile) will be planted later in the year and a schedule of weeding and watering sessions will be published soon.  So if you are interested in joining in, please look out for publicity or send your contact details to sop.library@ucl.ac.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.

The planting session was tremendous fun and all participants agreed that gardening is a relaxing and contemplative activity.  It is hoped that the plants themselves, when the crop is great, will be used in teaching and research in the School.  In the meantime, the plants will be on display to the general public showcasing the role of botanics in healthcare and wellbeing and some of the research that is going on at UCL.