National Tree Week

It’s National Tree Week and to celebrate we thought we’d give you some information about our trees. We have over 10,000 trees on our Exeter campuses, over 100 Champion trees, 3 Arboretums and a Jubilee Woodland.

They make an environmental contribution storing 1,951 tonnes of carbon per annum worth £125,000.

We are about to start this season’s tree planting to sustain the campus tree cover.

If you would like to know more about some of our prominent and unusual trees please download the Streatham Campus Tree Trail guide from our website. We are also currently developing a St Luke’s Campus Tree Trail .

Oak Tree at Reed Arboretum

Tree Management on Campus

The Grounds Team manage over 10,000 mature trees on campus. Many of these trees have been around for over 150 years, making them veterans. Others are still maturing, but they all take some kind of specialist care and investment.

Following recent research initiatives in tree care, the Grounds Team have purchased a state of the art tree spade. This device is designed to decompact around tree roots using compressed air. This has the potential to extend the life of veteran trees by improving air and water uptake. It also helps decompact ground prior to planting new trees, giving them a better start in life.

During the next few weeks, the Grounds Team will be working in the Old Walled Garden adjacent to the IAIS Building, around Reed Pond and Pinetum and on Washington Singer lawns targeting some trees for decompaction. A tree ring will also be created and mulched with material from our own campus green waste site. Some of the rings will be under-planted with bulbs, including our native Bluebell, to create spring interest and compliment some of the trees autumn colours and spectacular bark.

In addition a second project will be undertaken on Birks Bank Arboretum, where selected trees will be treated with national biostimulants containing seaweed and beneficial fungi, such as Mycorrhizal, to see if it has a positive impact on the health of some of the rare trees planted on that site.

The autumn and winter period will also see around 30 trees planted on our campuses, to replace trees lost during storms or affected by disease or decay as well as trees donated to the University grounds, to help maintain a healthy and vibrant selection of trees for the future.

Ash tree

Ash tree, Prince of Wales Road