Tree-mendous Benefits from our Campus Ecosystem

A recent tree survey by the University has found that our mature trees have an annual economic value of over £46k.

The survey, which took place in 2018 as part of our ongoing tree management programme, recorded the mature trees (5,274 trees) across our campuses and found that University trees remove over 2 tonnes of pollutants each year and store over 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Our trees also divert 5,460 cubic metres of storm water run-off away from local sewer systems annually, which is worth over £8k each year.

The value of these benefits is used to calculate an economic value, which can be used to inform local management decisions and help optimise biodiversity as well as allowing us to improve our economic sustainability and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

The overall economic value of our trees is £46,123 which is a significant rise from the previous survey in 2009 of £20,874.

The total replacement value of our trees currently stands at over £10.5 million.

Iain Park, the Director of Grounds, said “we are the custodians of a unique asset on our Exeter campuses. Not only do we have one of the widest ranges of tree species of any UK University with the largest number of Champion Trees, the survey confirms that they have a proven environmental and economic benefit.

The grounds offer our students and staff recognised positive impacts on health and wellbeing, which we share with the wider community by granting permitted access to our sites. In addition, our 153Ha estate has a positive impact on the biodiversity, habitat and environment of the City and wider South West region.

The Grounds Team work hard to continue to preserve and enhance this award winning asset as part of their ongoing custodianship of historic and new landscapes in their care.”

National Tree Week

It’s National Tree Week! First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

We are extremely lucky and proud to have 10,000 trees on University grounds. They are all managed in-house by the Grounds Team skills and dedicated arborists.

To help you appreciate a selection of our diverse trees, we have published Tree Trail guides for both the Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus which can be downloaded from the Grounds website.

Cover Page – Tree Trail St Luke’s Campus

Cover Page – Tree Trail Streatham Campus

 

 

 

Exeter in Bloom 2018 Silver Gilt Award

We are delighted to announce that Exeter in Bloom received a Silver Gilt Award in the South West Tourism Cup category of the 2018 Britain in Bloom. The University is a key partner in Exeter’s application and David Evans, the Grounds Team’s Grounds and Sports Operations Manager, represented the University to receive the award at the Presentation Ceremony in Yeovil yesterday.

Receiving the Exeter in Bloom 2018 Award

Bowled Over By Act Of Kindness

Our Arboriculture Manager, Peter, found a very dirty hidden bag containing some wooden bowls and bowling shoes in the Lower Hoopern Valley.

Peter cleaned the bag and contacted the bowls club who traced the owner and apparently these items were stolen from the owner’s car in June 2017 while visiting Exeter from the New Forest.

Peter contacted the owner and met with him to return these items. The owner was delighted and very grateful.

Peter you have gone above and beyond and are our hero!

Arboriculture Manager, Peter, returning items to the owner

Items found hidden in Lower Hoopern Valley

 

Exeter Floral Trail – Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May 2018

As the world goes flower crazy with the start of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show later this month, Exeter is set to get its own exciting touch of floral glamour with the launch of the first ever Exeter Floral Trail on Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May.

As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, the Exeter Floral Trail is free to view and will feature beautiful, bespoke floral designs displayed in historic and retails sites across Exeter. Over 18 venues have signed up to be part of the Exeter Floral Trail which aims to raise awareness and funds for AgeUK Exeter.

The University of Exeter is delighted to be included in the Exeter Floral Trail and we will have a design on display in the Forum Building on Streatham Campus.

The Exeter Floral Trail is the brainchild of the team at the British Academy of Floral Art floristry school in Dunchideock, Exeter, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past decade, the Academy has produced a record number of RHS Chelsea Gold medallists and British Master Florists.

Academy Principal, Tina Parkes, who won RHS Chelsea Gold with her Floral Kite just last year said: “We are excited to be bringing the Chelsea Fringe Festival to the city for the first time and have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the idea of the Exeter Floral Trail. We aim to bring a hint of floral magic to the city, whilst raising awareness and funds for the valuable work of AgeUK Exeter.”

Visitors to Exeter over these special three days will find unique floral designs created by tutors and students at the British Academy of Floral Art in the retail outlets of Build-a-Bear, Caroline Charles, Cath Kidston, Crafty Cakes, John Lewis, Lloyds Lounge, Mantis, Music Unlimited, Waterstones, White Stuff as well as AgeUK Exeter. Some displays will feature in store windows and on view day and night, whilst others may be nestled within the venue and accessible only during opening hours.

Exeter’s historic venues are participating with designs to be installed in St Nicholas Priory, Exeter University and in the grounds of Exeter Cathedral. The city’s retail florists are backing The Exeter Floral Trail initiative too with their own Chelsea Fringe Festival displays at Trugs Florist, St Leonard’s Florist, Jane’s Florist, Dunstan’s Florist and Blooms Florist.

Spotting the floral designs will be made easier with a special Exeter Floral Trail guide available free from Exeter Tourist Information, Exeter Cathedral and participating locations or online at www.inexeter.com and on the website of organisers, British Academy of Floral Art, at www.britishacademyoffloralart.com.

The Exeter Floral Trail will make stunning Chelsea Fringe Festival selfies, and visitors are encouraged to post their images on social media using the hashtags #exeterfloraltrail #chelseafringe2018 #britishacademyoffloralart.


 

 

 

 

Joint Community Project – Litter Pick St David’s Neighbourhood

The University Grounds Team and the University Community Student Wardens teamed up with the St David’s Litter Busters group on Friday 27th April 2018 in a successful joint community project, litter picking around the St David’s neighbourhood.

Despite it being a very wet rainy day, we collected numerous bags of rubbish and had some interesting finds!

Before the litter pick; dry and raring to start!

After the litter pick; soaking wet but very happy with our achievement!

Joint Litter Pick Project, St David’s Neighbourhood – Friday 27th April 2018

The University’s Grounds staff are very happy to be teaming up with the St David’s Litter Busters Group on Friday 27th April 2018 to carry out a litter pick in the St David’s neighbourhood.

This is our first joint project and we are looking forward to an enjoyable and successful day.

UK & Ireland Tree Climbing Competition hosted at Exeter University

We were very excited to host the UK & Ireland Tree Climbing Competition on Streatham Campus in September as part of the Arboricultural Association’s 51st Amenity Conference. Categories included Throwline Test, Fast Climb, Rescue Test and Work Climb on trees such as a Pinus sylvestris, a Pinus nigra and a Cedar. The results of the competition and a review can be found here

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tree climbing competition 1

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climbing competition

arb association conference

Green Flag Award 2017/18 – University Campuses up for People’s Choice Awards

The University of Exeter Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses have re-achieved the Green Flag Awards for 2017/18 and are among the nominees in a vote for the UK’s favourite spaces.

The campuses were among almost 1,800 UK sites to win awards and all are now part of a public vote to find the top 10.

Voting for the People’s Choice Awards is open throughout September, with the results due to be announced on Wednesday 11th October. Please vote for our campuses at http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/news/which-is-your-favourite-park/

Iain Park, Director of Grounds at the University of Exeter, said “We were delighted to re-secure the Green Flag Awards and the public vote is another chance to make people aware of the University’s beautiful grounds. We are proud of the horticulture and open space maintenance that our staff manage to achieve for students, staff and visitors to enjoy as part of continued promotion of the University”.

The Green Flag Award scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy and last year tens of thousands of people voted for their favourite park or green space.

Grounds Team celebrating re-achieving the Green Flag Award 2017/18

Grounds Team celebrating re-achieving the Green Flag Award 2017/18

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