We have just finished grass cutting at Duckes Meadow Sports Ground using some new equipment and are happy with these results!
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!
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.
Awards were also received by Helen, Clive, Luke and Derek for being all round good eggs.
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.
As you may be aware, the University of Exeter is to host the Tongan team for the Rugby World Cup next year. As part of the selection process our sports grounds at Topsham were subject to rigorous testing to ensure their suitability.
Here are some pictures on the testing in progress: