Graduation – behind the scenes with Grounds

Graduation displays in the fridge

Graduation displays in the fridge

The run up to Graduation is a very busy time for the Grounds Team.  Many hours are put into making the grounds look their best for our Graduates and their families.  It is also by far the busiest time of year for our Floristry Team who create all of the floral decorations for both Streatham and Penryn campuses.

Graduation displays ready to go

Graduation displays ready to go

Exeter pedestal close up

Exeter pedestal close up

Exeter pedestal close up

Exeter pedestal close up

Exeter display close up

Exeter display close up

Exeter display close up

Exeter display close up

Cornwall pedestal close up

Cornwall pedestal close up

Cornwall display close up

Cornwall display close up

This year we also made bouquets to be sold in the Marketplace in the Forum on Streatham Campus.

Handmade bouquets for sale in the Forum

Handmade bouquets for sale in the Forum

Veitch Lamppost Trail

The gardens around Reed Hall were originally laid out by the Veitch Family of Nurserymen (more information on Veitch and Reed can be found on our website). but their influence can be found all around Exeter.

The communities of St. David’s and St. Thomas have developed a Lamppost Trail, which stretches from Elm Grove Close, where Peter Veitch lived, to his place of burial in St. David’s churchyard.  The trail follows specially renovated lampposts, taking in some of the beautiful plants and trees their plant collectors brought back from their travels.   For more information, please see below.

Veitch trail p1

Veitch trail p2

Tree Timeline

Members of the Campus Services team have created this beautiful timeline.  It is made from a section of the leaning Monterey Pine that stood at the top of the steps by Reed’s formal Italianate Garden.  The timeline now stands where the tree once stood.  The labels show when Reed Hall Gardens were laid out in the 1860s, when Reed was donated to the University in 1920 and when the University received its Royal Charter.Tree timeline Jun 16

Pond dipping at Reed Pond

We were very excited to hear the results of the pond dipping, arranged by Dr Clive Betts – Learning and Development Manager and expert entomologist!  He said:

Highlights include two huge cased caddises (and a number of smaller ones), some mature mayfly nymphs of three or more species, loads of copepods and daphnia, some large damselfly nymphs, a nymph of the red-darter dragonfly, a huge ramshorn snail, some lovely leeches (but not too many!), and Norman the Palmate Newt! The other headline is the massive decline in the previously dominant detritivore amphipods and isopods, a positive sign that the excessive allochthonous input prior to the pond works is under control… goes to show that a bit of well-judged management goes a long way.

 

Norman the Newt

Norman the Newt

Intrepid pond dippers

Intrepid pond dippers

Diamond Jubilee International Garden open

After months of hard work by volunteers, Grounds team and other University staff the Diamond Jubilee International Garden has now had its formal opening event.  Tucked behind Reed Hall, it is an area designated to celebrate the international nature of the University.

The event was well attended, although a little damp!

Launch event - Grounds Team

L-R: Brian, Peter, Phil Attwell (Director of Campus Services), Sam, Emily and Nathan from the Grounds Team.

Launch event - Iain topping out

Iain Park – Director of Grounds gets his hands dirty

Launch event - Iain, Phil and Mike Shore-Nye

L-R: Phil Attwell (Director of Campus Services, Iain Park (Director of Grounds, Mike Shore-Nye (Registrar)

Launch event - International Garden 2 Launch event - International Garden

Gardening gadgets

Welcome to the Grounds Team, our latest gadget – a remote controlled mower which will enable us to safely mow banks and reduce our gardeners exposure to Hand Arm Vibration hazards – the Irus Quatrak!

It has been tested out this week and is equally at home cutting our lawns and cutting brambles in the Taddiforde Valley.

Irus Quatrak 2

Apparently it’s quite good fun too, don’t they all look happy! L-R: Irus Quatrak, David, Colin, Nathan, Terry and Clive

Irus Quatrak 3

Lawn cutting action

Irus Quatrak 1

Rugged bramble cutting action