University Quarter Green Route

green route sign

Follow the Green Route through the University Quarter, eating as you go!

There are 8 planters full of tasty fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, between Hanley City Centre and Stoke town. Can you find them?


Visit AirSpace Gallery, YMCA, Stoke on Trent College, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire University Nursery, Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College and ACAVA Studios at Spode..


Each planter has been planted and looked after by cafes, learners and staff from learning providers in the University Quarter, as an educational, health promotion activity. It also helps the wildlife!

Local people were invited to share and create recipes making use of the food grown at events in Hanley Park and workshops with students at Stoke College in 2016 and 2017.

Three more planters have been built for the University Quarter for St Mark’s Church Sanctus project, All Saint’s Church Hall and NORSACA. They will be in place by Autumn 2017. Keep an eye out for them!

We are always looking for funding to expand the Green Route. Would you like one or are you involved in an initiative for growing edibles and pollinators in the area? Please get in touch we would love to hear from you. Email Penny Vincent or

Thanks to:

  • funding from Groundwork Trust and Stoke on Trent City Council (Councillor Amjid Wazir’s ward budget),
  • design by AirSpace Gallery,
  • manufacture by PM Training and
  • development by the University Quarter Community Action Network Environment Task Group
  • maintenance by lots of local residents, students and staff in the University Quarter