Green Ladder Project to End

By Joe Young - Deputy Culture Editor

The Green Ladder Project allotments outside Whitendale Halls

After two and a half years, over 5000 students, and over 180 students working on self-led sustainability projects, the Green Ladder Project at the Students’ Union is to come to a close. The project, funded by the NUS Students’ Green Fund, was one of 25 out of 120 applicants to be awarded funding to carry out similar projects. The funding lasted two years initially, and the University itself gave funding to continue it for an additional six months. Unfortunately, this funding was not able to continue so the project had to come to an end.

We spoke to Rob, an employee of the Green Ladder project, during our visit to the allotments –

“I joined as a volunteer in September and have been working for the project since Christmas. It’s a great thing to have at UCLan and it benefits students in many ways – getting outside in the fresh air is good for you, it’s light exercise, and it’s a great opportunity for people to socialise and make friends. Green Ladder will be missed.”

Pluto contacted Leah Bradford-Thom, Environment and Ethics Officer for the next academic year to ask how she would help continue the legacy of the Green Ladder Project,

“I am having a meeting with Emma Bartlet, the Project Manager, next week to discuss plans for next year, and I hope to keep the projects going and support active students with things like the allotments and the Secret Garden. Without the Green Ladder budget, it will be challenging, but I will endeavour to still hold Green Week and make it as big as I can. Green Ladder may be going, but environmental issues will remain high on the agenda”
Projects supported by the Green Ladder project included the Vintage Society clothes swap, a series on waste-free shopping, the Liberal Youth fracking debate, and a Fairtrade clothes stall during Fairtrade Fortnight. It has made a tangible impact on many of the societies, student groups, and indiviuals here, and will be missed around campus.
We here at Pluto would like to thank Emma and the Green Ladder Project for everything they have done for the Union and UCLan, and wish Emma all the best in her new role with the national charity Feedback as the North West Regional Gleaning Co-Ordinator.

Have you been involved in the Green Ladder project? Let us know how you feel about this below, or by tweeting @UCLanPluto

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.
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