We hope you all have a very happy, peaceful, safe and restful festive period.
We hope you enjoy the University’s Season’s Greetings message:
We are delighted to announce that the University of Exeter’s Grounds Team is the RoSPA Best New Entry UK winner!
This is in addition to the RoSPA Health & Safety Gold Award that we have won.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a recognised world wide industry leader in health and safety excellence.
These awards recognise the systems and processes we have in place to protect our staff working in areas of potential high risk and that we ensure all our staff understand how to keep themselves and others safe.
We are delighted to announce that we have helped raise more than £9,000 for Hospiscare by supporting their Christmas Tree Recycling Campaign.
814 trees were collected from residents in Devon and brought to our Streatham Campus.
The trees were then chipped by our Grounds Team and agricultural students from Bicton College.
All the chippings have been donated to the Avanti Hall School (previously the Steiner Academy) and will also help improve the local Public Rights of Way.
We would like to say an extra special thank you to our Deputy Operations Manager, Anthony Cockell, who was instrumental in co-ordinating this very worthwhile project.
The University is helping local charity, Hospiscare, to recycle Christmas trees and raise money to support terminally ill people and their families.
Hospiscare will be collecting trees around Exeter between 11 – 17 January and delivering them to the University’s Streatham Campus where they will be chipped by our Grounds Team.
Agricultural students from Bicton College will be on hand to support the activity and gain first-hand experience in the operation of a woodchipper.
The University will be donating all the chippings to the Avanti Hall School (previously the Steiner Academy) and to improve local Public Rights of Way.
Last year Hospiscare raised over £5,000 with the collection service and, with our support, they are hoping to double that in 2020. Their vans will be out again this January to collect trees for a £10 donation.
“We are very grateful to the University of Exeter for agreeing to dispose of the trees our volunteers will be collecting in January”, said Louise Beeken, Head of Fundraising at Hospiscare.
“This support means we can pick up twice as many trees as last year, and from a larger area, and all the money raised will help to fund our care of terminally ill patients across Exeter, Mid and East Devon. It’s great also that the chippings from the trees will be used in other projects the University are helping with, a win-win all round!”
Anthony Cockell, Deputy Grounds Operations Manager at the University of Exeter, said “The University Grounds Team feels privileged to support the service Hospiscare provide to our community in Devon. We will be helping recycling all materials from their Christmas tree collection recycling scheme.”
“I must thank Bill Johnston, Head of Machinery Imports, at T H White and the provision of his Jensen woodchippers for making this event possible. It has brought a great opportunity for Bicton College students who will join us on the day and broaden their industry experience. The finished chippings will be shared with Avanti Hall School for their play area, as well as for the public footpaths in Lower Hoopern Valley. It will be a great effort by all and I am very much looking forward to it.”
Working in partnership with Devon County Council, the University has upgraded the public right of way footpath through the Lowern Hoopern and Taddiforde Valley that connects the Prince of Wales Road with the cycle path on the opposite side of the valley.
Below are the before works, during works and completed works photos – what a difference!
The University of Exeter Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses, fields and woodland areas contain over 10,000 mature trees managed by the Grounds Team and we are keen to show the amazing benefits of these magnificent trees.
We recently undertook another i-tree survey of our trees, which converts measurements such as tree height, girth and canopy spread into an economic value of the natural benefits they provide.
Using some of the results from this updated survey, we have produced new wooden tree information signs which will replace the existing ones on campus.
Keep an eye out for these new signs which are displayed on trees around the grounds.
The University’s Grounds Team and the Student Community Wardens took part in a very successful joint community litter pick event with the St David’s Neighbourhood Partnership on Friday 29th March 2019, as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean.
We covered a large area of St David’s and collected around 20 bags of rubbish with some very interesting finds!
Thank you to everyone who took part.
A recent tree survey by the University has found that our mature trees have an annual economic value of over £46k.
The survey, which took place in 2018 as part of our ongoing tree management programme, recorded the mature trees (5,274 trees) across our campuses and found that University trees remove over 2 tonnes of pollutants each year and store over 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Our trees also divert 5,460 cubic metres of storm water run-off away from local sewer systems annually, which is worth over £8k each year.
The value of these benefits is used to calculate an economic value, which can be used to inform local management decisions and help optimise biodiversity as well as allowing us to improve our economic sustainability and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.
The overall economic value of our trees is £46,123 which is a significant rise from the previous survey in 2009 of £20,874.
The total replacement value of our trees currently stands at over £10.5 million.
Iain Park, the Director of Grounds, said “we are the custodians of a unique asset on our Exeter campuses. Not only do we have one of the widest ranges of tree species of any UK University with the largest number of Champion Trees, the survey confirms that they have a proven environmental and economic benefit.
The grounds offer our students and staff recognised positive impacts on health and wellbeing, which we share with the wider community by granting permitted access to our sites. In addition, our 153Ha estate has a positive impact on the biodiversity, habitat and environment of the City and wider South West region.
The Grounds Team work hard to continue to preserve and enhance this award winning asset as part of their ongoing custodianship of historic and new landscapes in their care.”
It’s National Tree Week! First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.
We are extremely lucky and proud to have 10,000 trees on University grounds. They are all managed in-house by the Grounds Team skills and dedicated arborists.
To help you appreciate a selection of our diverse trees, we have published Tree Trail guides for both the Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus which can be downloaded from the Grounds website.
We are delighted to announce that Exeter in Bloom received a Silver Gilt Award in the South West Tourism Cup category of the 2018 Britain in Bloom. The University is a key partner in Exeter’s application and David Evans, the Grounds Team’s Grounds and Sports Operations Manager, represented the University to receive the award at the Presentation Ceremony in Yeovil yesterday.