Bees’ Needs Week 8th-14th July 2019

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:

  1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees – our mature and exotic plants give long flowering periods for bees and insects.
  2. Let your garden grow wild – we have wildflower meadows located throughout our campuses to encourage biodiversity.
  3. Cut your grass less often – we ensure refuge strips are left uncut along campus watercourses to encourage wildlife.
  4. Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots – we practise sympathetic maintenance regimes and have installed bug hotels and insect palaces throughout our campuses.
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides – we use Integrated Pest Management to minimise the use of pesticides.

Green fingers crossed for Anthony!

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!

Anthony Cockell, Deputy Grounds Operations Manager

Discovery of rare and unusual tropical plant growing on campus!

Groundbreaking news!

We have discovered this rare and unusual tropical plant growing on Streatham Campus! It is an Dracunculus vulgaris (voodoo lily) which can normally only be seen growing in glasshouses!

It is native to North East India and the Himalayan region and the much branch umbrella like foliage is held aloft on a single long speckled stalk.

Dracunculus vulgaris growing on Streatham Campus

Interesting patterned stalk of the Dracunculus vulgaris 

Celebrating 90 Years Service!

This month three members of the Grounds Team celebrate a combined 90 years working at the University.

Colin Hole achieved 20 years service, Andy Pulman achieved 30 years service and Peter Greenwood achieved 40 years service.

Peter also received a long service medal and certificate from the RHS in honour of his 40 years working in the horticulture industry.

Congratulations to them all for this wonderful and rare achievement.

Andy Pulman (left), Director of Grounds Iain Park (centre) and Peter Greenwood (right)

Peter Greenwood receiving his 40 years long service certificate

Peter Greenwood proudly showing his RHS long service medal

Andy Pulman receiving his 30 years long service certificate

The Grounds Team’s celebration event for Peter Greenwood, Andy Pulman and Colin Hole (not pictured)

 

 

 

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.

Valentine’s Day Bouquet

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14th February!

Make it extra special for your loved one this year and give them a fabulous bespoke Valentine’s Day bouquet produced by the talented florists in the Grounds Team, using materials from the campus with fresh flowers from local suppliers.

 The handmade bouquet will contain red roses, gypsophilia, a mix of foliage and other fantastic flowers in reds and pinks to help show someone special how much you care.

 The artisan Valentine’s Day bouquet, presented in an aqua pac box with wrapping, a bow and a card with your choice of wording, can be delivered to a workplace address on Streatham Campus or St Luke’s Campus on either Wednesday 13th or Friday 14th February for a special price of £50.

 Orders to be placed via the online store https://store.exeter.ac.uk/product-catalogue/campus-services/floral-bouquets-personal/valentines-day-bouquet

 Don’t leave your good intentions too late; the last date we can accept orders is Friday 8th February.

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