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.”

Of crazy people and Farmer’s Markets

Crazy skydiving hijinks

Vikki, the Grounds Team Administrator and Sally from Property Services are planning a charity skydive – crazy people! They are hoping to raise lots of cash for Hospiscare and are having a stall at tomorrow’s Farmer’s Market on the Forum Piazza, 11am-3pm.

Alstroemeria

They will be selling a selection of cut flowers, outdoor and bedding plants:

  • Outdoor plants – prices range from £2 to £10
  • Sweetpeas – donations from 50p upwards
  • Alstroemeria cut flowers (various colours) £1.50 per wrap

They will also be selling raffle tickets, just 50p per ticket with fabulous prizes to be won, including an indoor skydive experience, afternoon tea at Reed Hall, luxury floral bouquets, selection of wine, chocolate hamper and coffee hamper.  The draw will take place on the 28th of July and if you can’t make it tomorrow you can get tickets from Streatham Farm reception.

Please go along and support them at the market if you can.

IronSam

As Grounds Manager for the central Streatham Estate, Sam Primrose isn’t a stranger to a challenge, however, on June the 28th she will be entering her biggest challenge to date.

She will be swimming, cycling and running in the Ironman 70.3 Exmoor. A total of 70.3 miles (that’s a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run) to be completed in one day!

She is raising money for Scope, helping disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Follow the link to donate uk.virginmoneygiving.com//samanthaprimrose

It all looks so peaceful!

It all looks so peaceful – you know it won’t be like this on the 28th June!