We are very proud that one of our Gardeners, Colin Brown, has shared his expert knowledge of bug hotels with the BBC which has been included in the BBC BITESIZE article “Four hacks to help our hibernating animal friends this autumn”.
Full article can be read at
Well done Colin!
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Our beautiful campuses at Streatham and St. Luke’s have once again been awarded the Green Flag Award this year and we are now proudly flying our new flags on both campuses.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Green Flag Award again this year for both of our Exeter campuses.
The Green Flag is awarded for quality green spaces across the country, for more information, please visit the Green Flag
Green Flag Certificate 16-17
Welcome to the Grounds Team, our latest gadget – a remote controlled mower which will enable us to safely mow banks and reduce our gardeners exposure to Hand Arm Vibration hazards – the Irus Quatrak!
It has been tested out this week and is equally at home cutting our lawns and cutting brambles in the Taddiforde Valley.
Apparently it’s quite good fun too, don’t they all look happy! L-R: Irus Quatrak, David, Colin, Nathan, Terry and Clive
Lawn cutting action
Rugged bramble cutting action
The Grounds arborists have been hard at work felling and clearing the iconic leaning Monterey pine that had become unstable following Storm Imogen last weekend and had to be felled for safety reasons.
Leaning Monterey pine before felling work commences
One of our arborists, Nathan, completing the site specific risk assessment
Reviewing the risk assessment to safely dismantle and clear the tree
Point of original cut to fell the tree
Another angle; point of original cut to fell the tree
Contemplating the new landscape
Agreeing the next chainsaw cut
Photos taken by Emily.
The ‘long steps’ footpath from Stocker Road to Reed Hall has been re-opened as the fallen Cupressus macrocarpa has been attended to and the path is now clear.
Fallen Cupressus macrocarpa
The footpath from the bus stop at Stocker Road to Reed Hall remains closed to allow the Grounds arborists to undertake works to remove the uprooted leaning Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata).
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.
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!)
The Ficus trees in the Forum have had a bit of love from the Central Estate Team.
We held our Green Flag raising ceremonies on Streatham and St. Luke’s Campus last week.
Andy, Senior Gardener, doing the honours at St. Luke’s with the Sports and St. Luke’s team
Terry and Clive prepare the flag at Streatham Campus
The St. Luke’s Gardeners
The Grounds Team