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Students provide murals for reclaimed urban green space

Wednesday 11-06-2014 - 17:04
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Wigan & Leigh College has already rekindled a dormant students’ union, putting eight new student officers into post since launching their Students’ Green Fund project.

Now they’re putting their college students’ talents at the heart of the wider community, with fine art and graphics students creating a mural for reclaimed urban space in the city centre of Manchester.

The unveiling of the murals – which you can see below – was celebrated by a community event, organised by the students’ union and local organisation Northern Quarter Greening.

“We organised a picnic with all food provided by local Manchester cooperatives and [drinks from] Coffee Cranks, who will only attend events they can cycle their equipment to!” explains students’ union coordinator Christina Donovan.

“We also sold plants and freshly picked spinach (picked by our SU Officers the day before) that was all grown by students in our floristry & horticulture department on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis”

With the college principle in attendance, along with all the participating students and the union officers, this event not only integrated students into the wider community, but also showcased Wigan & Leigh College Students’ Union as building itself on principles of sustainability.

“This is the first major project that has been funded by the Green Fund and we hope to promote the Green Dragon’s Den and inspire staff and students at the college to partake in the next round of applications this autumn”

Developing academic achievement and adding value to the local community, events like this are exactly what Students’ Green Fund is all about. And to have it delivered by such a new students’ union makes it extra special.


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