Gardening gadgets

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.

Irus Quatrak 2

Apparently it’s quite good fun too, don’t they all look happy! L-R: Irus Quatrak, David, Colin, Nathan, Terry and Clive

Irus Quatrak 3

Lawn cutting action

Irus Quatrak 1

Rugged bramble cutting action

Clean for the Queen


In support of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign to ‘Clean for the Queen,’ colleagues and students are invited to take part in a litter-picking event.  The event will take place from 12-2.30pm on Friday 4 March, between Birks Grange and Duryard residences.  All equipment will be provided, however old clothes are recommended.  Further details are available online.

Staff fungi foray walk 13/10/15 – Mardon & Clydesdale

All of these amazing looking fungi were found by staff on a fungi walk earlier this week.



Identified so far:

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria), Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe nigrescens), Cep/Penny Bun (Boletus edulis), Blackish Purple Russula (Russula atropurpurea), Yellow Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa), The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata), Common puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum), Brown Roll Rim (Paxillus involutus).

If you spot any more, please let us know!


Thank you to Nicola Baker for the photos.

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.