Last summer, Harry Lonsdale (Worcester Students' Union President, 2019-20) campaigned for more spaces on campus for both students and staff to relax and de-stress during their busy day. This was a major priority for Harry during his term in Office, and a key point on his manifesto. After much discussion, the outdoor area of the SU (adjacent to The Hangar) was chosen as the perfect location for the brand new 'Wellbeing Garden'.
Harry worked very closely with The Hangar and the University to develop a design that suited the space and offered a chilled, versatile and sustainable environment that everybody could enjoy. The pandemic also demonstrated the need for a safe outdoor space that could be used by visitors attending The Hangar. After a three month delay on the project due to Covid-19, work started on 6th July, much to the elation of Harry!
The area has been transformed into a fun, relaxing and functional space. All the materials for this project were sustainably sourced and the majority were reclaimed and reused, such as the old scaffolding board tables. The planting, which was kindly donated by Webbs Garden Centre, will add a much needed splash of vibrancy and colour, with the additional cladding on the side of the building softening the space and adding to the urban feel of the design.
We definitely look forward to holding a whole host of events in the Wellbeing Garden, both for students, staff and for external bookings. We can’t wait to have a drink on a Friday night or a quick lunch break in between lectures in our fantastic new garden!
The Hangar is currently closed and will reopen at the beginning of September as we welcome students back to campus. To keep staff, students and visitors safe, the venue will operate with a number of safety measures. To find out more and stay up to date with important news and information, make sure you follow The Hangar on Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks you to Webbs Garden Centre Ltd and Richard and Marigold Webb for donating the plants and helping with the design of the garden. Thank you to the University of Worcester and the estates team for their support. Thanks should also go to The Wonky Donkey Warehouse who carried out the work to such an amazing standard (https://www.thewonkydonkeywarehouse.co.uk/).