Tree-rific News – more than £9,000 raised for Hospiscare!

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.

Some of the 814 Christmas trees ready to be chipped

The trees were then chipped by our Grounds Team and agricultural students from Bicton College.

Chipping in action

 

One of the Grounds Team apprentices

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.

From trees to chippings!

Well done everyone!

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.

Richard from Hospiscare and Anthony Cockell, Deputy Grounds Operations Manager

Tree-mendous Christmas Tree-cycling for Hospiscare

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.”

Step This Way! Upgraded Public Right of Way Footpath

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!

Before works

During works; nearly there!

Works completed – what a difference!

The Amazing Benefits of Trees!

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.

Successful Joint Community Litter Pick!

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.

All litter picked out! Tired but happy and proud of our hard work.

 

Tree-mendous Benefits from our Campus Ecosystem

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.”

National Tree Week

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.

Cover Page – Tree Trail St Luke’s Campus

Cover Page – Tree Trail Streatham Campus

 

 

 

Exeter in Bloom 2018 Silver Gilt Award

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.

Receiving the Exeter in Bloom 2018 Award

Bowled Over By Act Of Kindness

Our Arboriculture Manager, Peter, found a very dirty hidden bag containing some wooden bowls and bowling shoes in the Lower Hoopern Valley.

Peter cleaned the bag and contacted the bowls club who traced the owner and apparently these items were stolen from the owner’s car in June 2017 while visiting Exeter from the New Forest.

Peter contacted the owner and met with him to return these items. The owner was delighted and very grateful.

Peter you have gone above and beyond and are our hero!

Arboriculture Manager, Peter, returning items to the owner

Items found hidden in Lower Hoopern Valley

 

Exeter Floral Trail – Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May 2018

As the world goes flower crazy with the start of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show later this month, Exeter is set to get its own exciting touch of floral glamour with the launch of the first ever Exeter Floral Trail on Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May.

As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, the Exeter Floral Trail is free to view and will feature beautiful, bespoke floral designs displayed in historic and retails sites across Exeter. Over 18 venues have signed up to be part of the Exeter Floral Trail which aims to raise awareness and funds for AgeUK Exeter.

The University of Exeter is delighted to be included in the Exeter Floral Trail and we will have a design on display in the Forum Building on Streatham Campus.

The Exeter Floral Trail is the brainchild of the team at the British Academy of Floral Art floristry school in Dunchideock, Exeter, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past decade, the Academy has produced a record number of RHS Chelsea Gold medallists and British Master Florists.

Academy Principal, Tina Parkes, who won RHS Chelsea Gold with her Floral Kite just last year said: “We are excited to be bringing the Chelsea Fringe Festival to the city for the first time and have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the idea of the Exeter Floral Trail. We aim to bring a hint of floral magic to the city, whilst raising awareness and funds for the valuable work of AgeUK Exeter.”

Visitors to Exeter over these special three days will find unique floral designs created by tutors and students at the British Academy of Floral Art in the retail outlets of Build-a-Bear, Caroline Charles, Cath Kidston, Crafty Cakes, John Lewis, Lloyds Lounge, Mantis, Music Unlimited, Waterstones, White Stuff as well as AgeUK Exeter. Some displays will feature in store windows and on view day and night, whilst others may be nestled within the venue and accessible only during opening hours.

Exeter’s historic venues are participating with designs to be installed in St Nicholas Priory, Exeter University and in the grounds of Exeter Cathedral. The city’s retail florists are backing The Exeter Floral Trail initiative too with their own Chelsea Fringe Festival displays at Trugs Florist, St Leonard’s Florist, Jane’s Florist, Dunstan’s Florist and Blooms Florist.

Spotting the floral designs will be made easier with a special Exeter Floral Trail guide available free from Exeter Tourist Information, Exeter Cathedral and participating locations or online at www.inexeter.com and on the website of organisers, British Academy of Floral Art, at www.britishacademyoffloralart.com.

The Exeter Floral Trail will make stunning Chelsea Fringe Festival selfies, and visitors are encouraged to post their images on social media using the hashtags #exeterfloraltrail #chelseafringe2018 #britishacademyoffloralart.