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 .
One of our arborists, Nathan, has been using an Arb-Ex tree spade to decompact the ground, using compressed air, around the roots of a mature Oak tree by Reed pond. This will help extend the life of the tree by improving air and water uptake.
We have had to remove one of our specimen trees at Reed due to an infestation of the Great Spruce Bark Beetle. Due to the nature of the infestation – which in itself has nearly killed the tree – and the risk posed to other trees in the area, we have taken the decision to fell and burn on site.
We are hopeful we will be able to gather some propagation material from the tree and grow this on to provide a genetic twin of this tree, with a view to planting it in the same place.
We will be watching other vulnerable trees closely for any other attacks. If detected early, infestations can be treated with biological controls which help reduce tree mortality.
Members of the Campus Services team have created this beautiful timeline. It is made from a section of the leaning Monterey Pine that stood at the top of the steps by Reed’s formal Italianate Garden. The timeline now stands where the tree once stood. The labels show when Reed Hall Gardens were laid out in the 1860s, when Reed was donated to the University in 1920 and when the University received its Royal Charter.
We were very excited to hear the results of the pond dipping, arranged by Dr Clive Betts – Learning and Development Manager and expert entomologist! He said:
Highlights include two huge cased caddises (and a number of smaller ones), some mature mayfly nymphs of three or more species, loads of copepods and daphnia, some large damselfly nymphs, a nymph of the red-darter dragonfly, a huge ramshorn snail, some lovely leeches (but not too many!), and Norman the Palmate Newt! The other headline is the massive decline in the previously dominant detritivore amphipods and isopods, a positive sign that the excessive allochthonous input prior to the pond works is under control… goes to show that a bit of well-judged management goes a long way.
After months of hard work by volunteers, Grounds team and other University staff the Diamond Jubilee International Garden has now had its formal opening event. Tucked behind Reed Hall, it is an area designated to celebrate the international nature of the University.
The event was well attended, although a little damp!
L-R: Brian, Peter, Phil Attwell (Director of Campus Services), Sam, Emily and Nathan from the Grounds Team.
Iain Park – Director of Grounds gets his hands dirty
L-R: Phil Attwell (Director of Campus Services, Iain Park (Director of Grounds, Mike Shore-Nye (Registrar)