As part of Go Green Week 2020, the Grounds Team worked with volunteers from the Student Tree Charter on Wednesday 12th February to plant trees in the Lower Hoopern Valley which runs parallel to the Prince of Wales Road.
A variety of tree species were planted at the joint event including Betula pendula, Scots pine, Prunus spinosa, Alder, Nordmann Fir and Rosa canina.
In preparation for the extension of Car Park B (approved planning application 18/0487/FUL) which is scheduled to commence in June 2019, it is necessary that the existing trees that are affected by the works are removed in advance of the bird nesting season; this work is scheduled to be completed before 31st January.
As part of the extension to Car Park B, there is a plan to replace the trees on the east side of the access road to Car Park B.
Also the Grounds Team have identified some trees from the site that can be saved by moving and replanting them on campus.
In addition, the Grounds Team will be planting 12 x standard trees, 220 x tree whips and 6 x donated trees, to help ensure a sustainable tree cover on campus and a robust range of species for both amenity and ecological value.
It’s National Tree Week and to celebrate we thought we’d give you some information about our trees. We have over 10,000 trees on our Exeter campuses, over 100 Champion trees, 3 Arboretums and a Jubilee Woodland.
They make an environmental contribution storing 1,951 tonnes of carbon per annum worth £125,000.
We are about to start this season’s tree planting to sustain the campus tree cover.
If you would like to know more about some of our prominent and unusual trees please download the Streatham Campus Tree Trail guide from our website. We are also currently developing a St Luke’s Campus Tree Trail .
We were very excited to host the UK & Ireland Tree Climbing Competition on Streatham Campus in September as part of the Arboricultural Association’s 51st Amenity Conference. Categories included Throwline Test, Fast Climb, Rescue Test and Work Climb on trees such as a Pinus sylvestris, a Pinus nigra and a Cedar. The results of the competition and a review can be found here
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 an 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 survey, we have produced tree information plaques.
We are pleased to announce that we have produced a new Tree Trail guide which provides a route around Streatham Campus pointing out some interesting examples of our many wonderful varied trees. Please do download this guide from our website and explore our trees!
Grounds staff have had to unfortunately remove the Cedar tree between Streatham Farm and Hatherly. The multi-stemmed Cedar had become damaged as a result of gales a few years ago, but quick action meant that the tree’s life was extended by adding some bracing between the remaining trunks.
However, in recent times the wound created became infected by a Fistulina or Beefsteak fungus which caused brown brittle rot to develop in the centre of the remaining trunks.
A further inspection using the Picus sonic decay device confirmed a large proportion of the tree’s heartwood had been damaged and the tree could suffer a brittle fracture. As this gave the tree a high hazard rating score, action had to be take to remove it.
When the tree was originally damaged a replacement Cedar was planted as a precaution and we will also be planting more than 30 young trees across our campuses during the current dormant season.
The Grounds arborists have made use of their planking saw and have converted some of the best wood from the Cedar tree to make three rustic seats. Also, this area will be re-landscaped in Spring 2017 to create a new space making the most of the view across Hoopern Valley.