Our wonderful team of gardeners work very hard looking after and maintaining the 247 acres of diverse and beautiful grounds on Streatham Campus.
This has proved even more challenging over the last 18 months as staff were furloughed and unable to work on campus. They have spent the last few months tackling all the overgrown vegetation to bring the campus back to its glorious best.
The latest project was clearing the hidden overgrown areas by Reed Pond and the Reed Sunken Garden – what a transformation!
We have been busy with seed propagation this week in our Estate Services Centre Nursery.
The cuttings are soft-wood material using the techniques of nodal, heel and mallet cuttings.
This important work, of growing plants in-house and planting them on campus and by residences, means that we are reducing our carbon footprint, working within our sustainability practices and reducing costs.
This Azara microphylla, located halfway down Poole Gate on Streatham Campus exact location, is currently in flower and the tiny yellow vanilla scented flowers smell divine!
Do go and enjoy the wonderfully scented flowers for yourself, but don’t take too long as it will only be in flower for a couple of weeks.
Azara is a semi-evergreen shrub from South America and we hold a National Collection of Azara on our Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus. Further information on our National Collection can be found on our Grounds webpages.
Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens.
It is Bees’ Needs Week from 8th to 14th July 2019 and whether you are a farmer, a gardener or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help support our valuable insect pollinators.
There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:
Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees – our mature and exotic plants give long flowering periods for bees and insects.
Let your garden grow wild – we have wildflower meadows located throughout our campuses to encourage biodiversity.
Cut your grass less often – we ensure refuge strips are left uncut along campus watercourses to encourage wildlife.
Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots – we practise sympathetic maintenance regimes and have installed bug hotels and insect palaces throughout our campuses.
Think carefully about whether to use pesticides – we use Integrated Pest Management to minimise the use of pesticides.