Nestled on the campus of Leeds University is a new garden with a difference – passers-by can help themselves to the homegrown produce.
The new sustainability garden has been opened in the centre of the university, next to the brutalist Roger Stevens building.
As well as being used to grow fruit and vegetables, it boasts wildflowers and in future the university hopes to harvest rainwater.
Louise Ellis, head of sustainability at the university, said: “It’s a real partnership between different parts of the university.
“It came out of our Chelsea Flower Show garden and has just evolved.
Dr Ellis added: “Being more sustainable includes growing your own food, and it is free for anyone to pick.
“If you are walking through the garden and you fancy a strawberry, you can pick it.”
She said the garden would promote the idea of growing food, bring different parts of the university together and involve the wider community.
The wildflower area will boost insect life and bees which live in hives on campus.
“We have about 1,000 sq metres of wildflower corridors planted on campus. Insects need a corridor to move around,” Dr Ellis said.
The garden can be used by everyone, including community groups and the university’s community food growing project Bardon Grange is hosting community sessions there.
Research pods based there will allow studies of different growing environments to take place on campus, rather than elsewhere.