A new community garden at Carleton University may have to move only a year after opening to make way for a planned new residence building.

Students just finished harvesting their first crop of herbs and vegetables at the newly-built garden at the northwest end of campus, but already they’re being told the garden likely won’t last another season.

Carleton University garden grant macneil (oct. 20, 2013).

Grant MacNeil, pictured here, is president of the Carleton University Graduate Students Association’ and organizer of the garden project. (CBC)

“Most of the campus is planned to be developed at some point, but we were really thinking that it was going to be more like 10 years down the road, it wasn’t going to be after one growing season,” said Grant MacNeil, president of the Carleton University Graduate Students Association’ and organizer of the garden project.

“We probably would have proceeded differently if we knew and we’re frankly a little surprised the university didn’t know one year in advance they’d be putting a building here and they still let us go ahead with the construction."

High student enrolment speeds up building plans

A spokesman for Carleton said the school has been forced to move ahead with plans for a new residence earlier than expected due to the high-enrolment of students.

There were more than 600 students on the wait list this past year for campus housing.

“If we have lists of students that want to be on campus and it makes good business sense to do it, then we respond by ensuring there’s a new residence built,” said Daryl Boyce, assistant vice-president for facilities management and planning.

The university is now working with students to find a new site for the garden.

The school’s board of governors still has to approve plans for a new residence but construction could begin as early as next summer.