It’s a bit wet at Duckes Meadow!

Although our Grounds staff have a range of skills, the effects of Storm Angus have got the better of them. Our sports pitches at Duckes Meadow have suffered the effects of the River Exe breaking banks and flooding the sports pitches. A real challenge for our Groundsmen!

Duckes Meadow Pitches Flooded Storm Angus 22 11 2016 (1) Duckes Meadow Pitches Flooded Storm Angus 22 11 2016 (2) Duckes Meadow Pitches Flooded Storm Angus 22 11 2016 (3)

 

Grounds Team Celebration Event

On the 4th September the Grounds Teams got together to celebrate our achievements this year, including retaining the Green Flag Award for both campuses and for another successful Graduation Week.

We enjoyed a barbecue at Holland Hall with some fun awards and a quiz, which really brought out the competitive side of some of our gardeners!  The weather wasn’t quite up to snuff – hence the dark photos – but we are a hardy lot in the Grounds team and it takes more than an overcast day to stop us!

Group photo

Ross, from our Sports Team, was awarded the ‘Star of the Year’ award, and, as with all the best award ceremonies, he was not available on the day to collect his award, so our Grounds Operations Manager, David Evans, presented him with his trophy the following week.

Ross Trophy Winner (2)

Awards were also received by Helen, Clive, Luke and Derek for being all round good eggs.

 

New tree planting (and staff) – Sports

Our new Groundsperson, Ross has been kept busy in his first few weeks working with the University.  He has been improving areas at Topsham Sports Ground and planting trees – this is part of a project to enhance the biodiversity at the sports ground.  He will also be adding a bug hotel, bird boxes and hedgehog nesting boxes in the near future.

Ross planting trees Ross trees Topsham