Sustainable UCL


Mullard Space Science Laboratory: A haven for wildlife and gardeners

The MSSL Green Team have created 10 allotments with produce used in their canteen.

Photograph of MSSL Green Team

19 November 2019

The Space and Climate Physics department at Mullard Space Science Laboratory near Dorking are making the most of their unusual location in Surrey’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The Green Impact team have been busy protecting and improving the site’s biodiversity building a duck house and bug hotel to protect their existing residents. 

The site already had 4 allotments, they’ve now got 10!  Dug by individuals at the lab who wanted to grow their own produce, including one managed by the sites’ head chef, who is growing fresh produce to be used in the lab canteen. MSSL Potatoes, radishes, pumpkins, chamomile, and beans have been grown and eaten. Not stopping there, the team plan to plant shrubs to attract wildlife and install a wildlife pond to provide a home for dragonflies, hedgehogs and birds.