Unfortunately this Oak tree on the Birks Bank Arboretum has decayed and is hollow inside the trunk.
However, in line with our biodiversity policy, we have decided not to fell it but retain it as a wildlife habitat.
We are delighted to announce that the Grounds team are now successfully growing our own cut flowers at the Estate Services Centre Nursery, which are used for the fabulous bouquets and beautiful floral displays on campus.
This initiative from our talented Nursery and Floristry staff means that we are reducing our carbon footprint, working within our sustainability practices and reducing costs.
We have received excellent positive feedback from our customers, who really embrace the unique personal touch that the displays and bouquets now give as the flowers are grown in-house on our estate.
Photos below show the journey for this initiative; starting from the newly built raised bed right through to a beautiful floral display created with our in-house grown cut flowers.
The Grounds Team have proudly celebrated the successful re-achievement of the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2019/20 for our beautiful Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus.
The Award is the mark of a quality park or green space which has achieved the international standards for open space excellence and reflects the hard work that our dedicated team put into maintaining and nurturing our grounds to the highest standards.
Streatham Campus receives the award for the eighth consecutive year and St Luke’s Campus for the sixth consecutive year.
We are delighted to announce that we have again received the prestigious Green Flag Award for both our Streatham Campus and our St Luke’s Campus!
The Award is the mark of a quality park or green space which has achieved the international standards for open space excellence.
The Grounds team work hard throughout the year nurturing our beautiful grounds and we are extremely proud of this achievement and the wonderful grounds that we have the privilege to work in and enjoy.
Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens.
It is Bees’ Needs Week from 8th to 14th July 2019 and whether you are a farmer, a gardener or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help support our valuable insect pollinators.
There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:
We are trialling a crop of summer flowering wildflowers at Reed Hall beds this year.
We have had to change the planting scheme and rest the beds this year, as we have had confirmation of a soil borne fungus disease.
We hope you enjoy these colourful wildflowers and we aim to reintroduce the traditional display of spring and summer bedding next year.
Good luck to Anthony Cockell, our amazing Deputy Grounds Operations Manager, who has been shortlisted in the Impact category of the Professional Services Recognition Awards 2019.
The Impact Award recognises a colleague or team who has made the exceptional happen, requires disruptive thinking, fresh ways of working and solutions with impact.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony tonight. Good luck Anthony; we have our green fingers crossed for you!
We are very excited to announce that the Dracunculus vulgaris (voodoo lily) has flowered!