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)

 

 

 

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.

More birds on campus

This year’s campus winter bird survey saw a rise on the Streatham Campus of resident bird numbers with 32 species records.

We were pleased to see a Treecreeper recorded in the Lower Hoopern Valley and a Nuthatch is spotted among the Bullfinches regularly visiting the bird feeders outside Streatham Farm.

It looks like we have more birds on St Luke’s Campus and the area supports four red / amber listed species.

Numbers are still lower than we would like to sustain; we try to manage open spaces to provide useful habitats but do with any suggestions.

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Bullfinch

Birds making the most of the bird feeders outside Streatham Farm in harsh weather conditions

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.

 

Mother’s Day Bouquet

Don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March!

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

The handcrafted bouquet will contain roses and other carefully selected flowers in a range of colours (or specify your preferred colours when ordering); it’s a wonderful way of showing your Mum how special she is and to thank her for all she does.

The artisan Mother’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 Friday 29th March 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/mothers-day-bouquet-2019

Don’t leave your good intentions too late; the last date we can accept orders is Friday 22nd March.

 

Brighten up your workplace by bringing the outdoors in!

The Grounds Team are not just about outdoor plants – do you know that the Grounds Team also grow indoor plants in-house at the Grounds Nursery?

We supply and also maintain these indoor plants for various Colleges and Departments on Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus and if you are interested in having some wonderful plants to brighten up your workplace, please contact .

Plants are great for your health and wellbeing!

Some of the indoor plants grown in-house at the Grounds Nursery

Some of the indoor plants grown in-house at the Grounds Nursery

Some of the indoor plants grown in-house at the Grounds Nursery