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.


Evolution Walk – Streatham

With input from the Central Estate Grounds Team, Dr Claire Belcher, Associate Professor in Earth System Science, has created a plant evolution walk in the Streatham grounds, near Reed Hall.  Windows to an Ancient World offers the chance to glimpse ancient worlds and explore the evolutionary history of plants, guiding visitors through the exceptional botanical collections of the University.  Claire is an Earth scientist specialising in the study of natural fires in the Earth system.  This new walk brings together Claire’s research and the stunning illustrations of scientific illustrator Charlotte Gurr.  You can download the walk map, or visit the arts & culture website for more details.

Download the – Evolution Walk Map and Leaflet

Evolution walk


Green Flag 2015-16

As mentioned in previous posts, we have retained our Green Flags at both St. Luke’s and Streatham Campuses.  We have now had our flag raising ceremony at Streatham Campus, we were not able to have a similar ceremony at St. Luke’s due to building work going on near the flagpole.  We were, however, able to have photos taken in the beautiful staff garden at St. Luke’s and the sun even tried to shine for us a bit.

St. Luke's

St. Luke’s

Outer Areas, Spreytonway and Central Estate Teams

Outer Areas, Spreytonway and Central Estate Teams

Kate raises the Green Flag (this was take two, after we had turned the flag the right way around - oops!)

Kate raises the Green Flag (this was take two, after we had turned the flag the right way around – oops!)

Green Flag Certificate 15 St Lukes Green Flag Certificate 15 Streatham

Update – Wildflower Meadow Rear Washington Singer

The new wildflower meadow that was planted at the rear of Washington Singer earlier this year as part of the Plan Bee Campaign (as reported earlier in Budding News)  is flowering. It may be a Plan Bee Project but we give it an A*!

Wildflower area rear of Washington Singer

Bloomin’ lovely!