Tree-rific News – more than £9,000 raised for Hospiscare!

We are delighted to announce that we have helped raise more than £9,000 for Hospiscare by supporting their Christmas Tree Recycling Campaign.

814 trees were collected from residents in Devon and brought to our Streatham Campus.

Some of the 814 Christmas trees ready to be chipped

The trees were then chipped by our Grounds Team and agricultural students from Bicton College.

Chipping in action


One of the Grounds Team apprentices

All the chippings have been donated to the Avanti Hall School (previously the Steiner Academy) and will also help improve the local Public Rights of Way.

From trees to chippings!

Well done everyone!

We would like to say an extra special thank you to our Deputy Operations Manager, Anthony Cockell, who was instrumental in co-ordinating this very worthwhile project.

Richard from Hospiscare and Anthony Cockell, Deputy Grounds Operations Manager

Pitch Improvements, Duckes Meadow Sports Ground

Grounds and Sports staff have commenced a programme of pitch improvements at the Duckes Meadow Sports Ground.

This site has difficult access over a tight bridge that crosses the River Exe, limiting access for heavy equipment.

They have trialled a treatment involving recycling the alluvial sandy clay loam on the site and contravating/overseeding a rugby pitch. The fertile soil has germinated in 10-14 days and we hope that an even weather pattern (warm and wet) will help the pitch establish well.

If successful, this technique may be used on more of the 16 sports pitches to improve the quality of the playing surface for the increasing number of students who compete in sports at Duckes Meadow.

Duckes Meadow May 2017 (2)

Duckes Meadow May 2017