All members of the Grounds Team took part in an in-house Sunflower growing competition this year.
The Sunflowers were grown from seed and were then planted out at the Grounds nursery. Their growth has been very closely monitored over the last few weeks with some of the early front runners fading away.
The competition was strongly fought with a large amount of care and attention lavished on the Sunflowers, with some team members really going the extra mile to encourage growth in some rather unusual ways (singing, playing music and dancing have been reported)!
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the prestigious Sunniest Sunflower 2022 Award, with the tallest and most floriferous Sunflower, is Elliot Smith. Congratulations Elliot!
The Sunniest Sunflower Award was created in-house from fallen timber on campus, which not only makes it sustainable, personal to the team but also economically viable as it cost nothing to create!
The winner, Elliot Smith, next to proudly accepting the Sunniest Sunflower Award
All members of the Grounds Team took part in a new Mighty Oak Award knock-out competition in 2021 which ran for eight months until the winner was declared. The competition included questions on health and safety, horticulture, arboriculture and some unusual statistics in the industry!
The competition helped improve working relationships, highlighted the combined horticultural and arboricultural knowledge and expertise of the team and also showed the competitive nature of some of the team members!
The award trophy was created in-house from felled timber on campus, which not only made it sustainable, personal but also free!
Mighty Oak Award 2021 trophy
Marcus, the proud winner of the Mighty Oak Award 2021
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