Environment-focused activities in College life include the Esher College allotments which were created in 2008. The allotments are an attractive space within the college grounds and is intended as a place that everyone can enjoy.
In addition to their main duties, a team of staff maintain the plots as a place to grow plants and vegetables for the benefit of everyone here at the college. They are also an essential teaching resource for the Biology department. Potatoes used for enzyme experiments; beetroot used for permeability of membrane experiments; herbs used to investigate antimicrobial compounds in plants; snails collected for animal behaviour experiments. As part of the syllabus students are also taken to visit the gardens to see the use of ‘companion planting’ to reduce the use of pesticides.
The space is a valuable learning resource for The Environmental Sustainability group and were designed to be as economically sympathetic as possible. Plots are prioritised to any student who wants practical experience in horticulture and it is also a valuable learning resource for the Art departments as students will often create artwork based on their experience and observations of this interesting and inspiring environment.
Over the years well over £2000 has been raised from growing plants in greenhouse and beds for the College's charity, Esher College Africa trust.
In 2017, rather than buy in annual plants to provide colour in the College flower beds, they were grown on the College allotments, it is planned to continue doing so.