Plant - LJMU green spaces

LJMU green spaces

Spending time in nature can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing in many ways; from increasing mood, relieving feelings of stress and anxiety, and encouraging us to be more active. As the weather improves and restrictions are lifting, this is the perfect opportunity to continue to discover and utilise the green spaces in your community. We are lucky to have some beautiful green spaces here in the Liverpool City Region.

Why not find out more about local woodlands in your area? Mersey Forest offers a range of info and resources on places to visit and things to do. Director of Mersey Forest and LJMU Fellow Paul Nolan tells us more about how our local woodland and re-connecting with nature can support our wellbeing and our environment.

If you are interested in being more active and making a positive contribution to the environment, join JMSU’s Growing Project that is developing three growing initiatives across the city, including Kensington Fields Community Centre, the Henry Cotton Building and the brand new Student Life Building on Copperas Hill.

If you are interested in gardening but not sure where to start check out our Level 4 Primary Education students’ ideas.  

View our video resources from Dr Avril Rowley demonstrating some easy and exciting things we can do to develop our green skills. From growing food from scraps to making seed bombs, there are some great ideas to explore.

If you try any, please share on social media and use tag #LJMUgrowTogether

Liverpool John Moores University is delivering an ambitious masterplan to transform our estate and facilities.

We are committed to continually improving our environment and keen to look at how we can develop and use our green spaces to enhance the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, as well as that of the wider neighbouring communities.

We are running a series of “greening-up” projects across the university and we invite students and staff to get involved.

City Campus pilot project

We have created a number of raised beds and micro allotments in our City Campus where students and staff can grow plants to encourage collaborative working and boost our wellbeing.

Those people who took part in the pilot project at Byrom Street received a free seed pack to get things started.

If you would like to find out how you can participate, please email

Green spaces and our community

We also want our communities to benefit from our estates developments and from having LJMU as a neighbour, whether that be through accessing new public spaces or taking part in specific community projects.

For instance, LJMU is supporting the Bronte Project, close to our Mount Pleasant Campus and the new Copperas Hill development.

The after-school project, with the Bronte Community Centre, gives local primary school children the opportunity to learn more about nature by growing plants and vegetables, tending to the garden and taking part in forest school activities such as firelighting.

The sessions, delivered by GROW Wellbeing, help the children learn about healthy living and sustainability.

LJMU and Year of Environment Summit

As part of the Year of the Environment 2019, 'Towards a Green Future' was held at the John Lennon Art and Design Building and brought together 300 representatives from organisations across the city region.

They attended a series of presentations and workshops setting out the environmental challenges facing the city region and how partners can work together to overcome them.

As part of the event, a tree-planting ceremony marked the launch of LJMU's new Forest School in the grounds of the John Lennon Art and Design Building.

The first four trees were planted by Dr Avril Rowley from the School of Education and Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram. They were joined by pupils from Pleasant Street Primary School and St Nicholas Primary School (below).

Group shot of Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram and Dr Avril Rowley with pupils from Pleasant Street Primary School and St Nicholas Primary School - LJMU green spaces

Year of Environment internships

As part of the LCR Year of the Environment, a number of LJMU students undertook fascinating internships across the city region.

Demi Ryan (BSc Geography) and Holly Hadden (BSc Geography) took on roles with Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS).

They worked with stakeholders across the environmental sector, promoting YoE events, helping to raise awareness of environmental issues and encouraging positive lifestyle changes.

Demi said: “The relationships I have made here will stay with me after my internship is over, and I look forward to volunteering at my local park in the future. I am now aware of other environmental events and groups that I will continue to involve myself in.”

Holly said: “My internship role has enlightened me to a whole new dimension of government initiatives and corporations, and has opened my eyes to the hard work that is required to run and manage a year-long initiative, across a whole city region with a vast variety of stakeholders involved.”

Demi also spoke about her positive experiences as an intern at the LCR Environmental Summit.

Demi Ryan and Holly Hadden holding Year of Environment pledge board - LJMU green spaces

(Demi and Holly with a YoE pledge board)

Vicky Hanby (BSc Wildlife Conservation) and Lucy Vesely (BSc Zoology) worked for The Wildlife Trust and Mersey Biobank.

They played big roles in promoting the City Nature Challenge, organising and supporting events and creating presentations for use at board meetings and public events.

During their internships, Lucy had an article published in Lancashire and North West magazine and both were interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside (below).

Vicky Hanby and Lucy Vesely being interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside - LJMU green spaces

Verity Machell (BSc Business Management) took an internship with Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce.

She drafted the Chamber’s internal pledge for the Year of the Environment. This involved looking at ways they can improve current processes or implement new ones, promoting Clean Air Day and encouraging green travel for staff.

Verity said: “I can happily say that this experience has been extremely rewarding and I have delved into areas that I have not focussed on before and really enjoyed them. My awareness of wider environmental issues and particularly the link to business, has grown and this will be relevant in future roles. I also feel I have been able to apply my Business Management degree to an unconventional topic for a student in my discipline, bringing a different perspective to the project.”