Gardens at Fitzwilliam

Gardens at Fitz

The College gardens are a very important feature of the College; a mix of modern, naturalistic and traditional, with a strong emphasis on sustainable methods, and always a surprise to those visiting for the first time.

I enjoy walking the stone pathways through the gardens or sitting in the sun under the enormous trees
Geoff, 1st year PhD student

There are large specimen trees and impressive herbaceuous boders, as well as lawns that can be enjoyed by all members of the College.  If you like to study outdoors or just to meet with friends, there are quiet spaces and benches.  During the summer, after exams, the Grove Lawn hosts garden parties and barbecues.

The gardens include community allotments where students can grow their own and share the produce.  New for 2019 was the potager which produced vegetables for the kitchens, and pumpkins for halloween.

Wildlife, such as deer, foxes, owls and bats may be spotted in the garden, which also provides a sanctuary for rescue hedgehogs.

Read the Head Gardener's description
Watch our student-made film about the allotments
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