Grounds Arborists at Work

The Grounds arborists have been hard at work felling and clearing the iconic leaning Monterey pine that had become unstable following Storm Imogen last weekend and had to be felled for safety reasons.


Leaning Monterey pine before felling work commences


One of our arborists, Nathan, completing the site specific risk assessment




Timber again!



Reviewing the risk assessment to safely dismantle and clear the tree



Point of original cut to fell the tree


Another angle; point of original cut to fell the tree



Contemplating the new landscape


Agreeing the next chainsaw cut

Photos taken by Emily.

Update – Footpath and Tree Works

Following clearance of the fallen Monterey pine (Pinus radiata), the Reed footpath leading down from the bus stop has re-opened. We will be recycling the timber from the tree to create a seat and table on campus.

The iconic leaning tree was damaged in Storm Imogen last weekend. It was brought over from California in the 1830s and is thought to be one of the original plantings in the UK.


Leaning Monterey Pine


Update – Footpaths & Tree Works

The ‘long steps’ footpath from Stocker Road to Reed Hall has been re-opened as the fallen Cupressus macrocarpa has been attended to and the path is now clear.

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Fallen Cupressus macrocarpa

The footpath from the bus stop at Stocker Road to Reed Hall remains closed to allow the Grounds arborists to undertake works to remove the uprooted leaning Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata).

Evolution Walk – Streatham

With input from the Central Estate Grounds Team, Dr Claire Belcher, Associate Professor in Earth System Science, has created a plant evolution walk in the Streatham grounds, near Reed Hall.  Windows to an Ancient World offers the chance to glimpse ancient worlds and explore the evolutionary history of plants, guiding visitors through the exceptional botanical collections of the University.  Claire is an Earth scientist specialising in the study of natural fires in the Earth system.  This new walk brings together Claire’s research and the stunning illustrations of scientific illustrator Charlotte Gurr.  You can download the walk map, or visit the arts & culture website for more details.

Download the – Evolution Walk Map and Leaflet

Evolution walk


Grand Challenges 2015

As part of the Grand Challenges this year (1st – 5th June) a group of Exeter University took on the task of digitising the Devon Gardens Trust archive relating to the Veitch Family of Nurserymen and Streatham Campus.

For more information including timelines, profiles and interviews with Veitch historian, Caradoc Doy and our very own Director of Grounds, Iain Park, please visit the Grand Challenges page on the Devon Gardens Trust website.