Go Green Week – Tree Planting – Lower Hoopern Valley

As part of Go Green Week 2020, the Grounds Team worked with volunteers from the Student Tree Charter on Wednesday 12th February to plant trees in the Lower Hoopern Valley which runs parallel to the Prince of Wales Road.

A variety of tree species were planted at the joint event including Betula pendula, Scots pine, Prunus spinosa, Alder, Nordmann Fir and Rosa canina.

Great job everyone!

Grounds Team and Student Tree Planting Event

The Grounds Team and 17 student volunteers worked together to plant over 100 trees in the Hoopern Taddiforde Valley along Prince of Wales Road on Saturday 30th November.

The mainly native trees including Birch, Rowan and Oak were planted as the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

Great job everyone!



Update – Improvements Works to Hoopern Waterways

We are happy to confirm that the improvement works have started on the top pond and leat at the Hoopern Waterways. The works, funded through donation, aim to improve water quality and biodiversity of the pond network including:

  • Silt removal and control
  • Vegetation control
  • Planting marginal and water plants
  • Improving water flow and aeration

Hoopern Valley County Wildlife Site – Volunteering Sessions

Thursday 25th May 2017 –  9.30am and 1.00pm (two sessions)

Come along and help out with the management of the Hoopern Valley County Wildlife Site (between Prince of Wales Road and the cycleway adjacent to Devon County Cricket Ground). Activities will include litter picking, weed control and cutting back vegetation, to address both wildlife and access issues.

Session 1 – 10.00am to 12.30pm (safety briefing at 9.30am)

Session 2 – 1.30pm to 4.00pm (safety briefing at 1.00pm)

All are welcome, although this is not suitable for children under 16. Please bring sensible footwear and clothing to participate. A safety briefing for participants will also be provided 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Please email the if you are interested in getting involved. The Team need prior notice in order to have the equipment and materials available prior to the event.

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Information Please – Criminal Damage Hoopern Valley

Unfortunately we have had another incident of criminal damage to the fence along Hoopern Valley which we have reported to the Police. This is the sixth incident in two years.

The person(s) responsible for the damage is putting cyclists and walkers at risk, as the cut wire is left at an angle protruding dangerously onto the pathway until the University Grounds staff have been alerted and made safe.

Our plans to invest in improving the public right of way through the valley have to be delayed again, as we have to divert resources to repairing the fence.

If anyone has any information which may help the Police with their enquiries investigating this damage, we are happy to pass this via the .

Thank you.

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