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!
It’s National Tree Week and to celebrate we thought we’d give you some information about our trees. We have over 10,000 trees on our Exeter campuses, over 100 Champion trees, 3 Arboretums and a Jubilee Woodland.
They make an environmental contribution storing 1,951 tonnes of carbon per annum worth £125,000.
We are about to start this season’s tree planting to sustain the campus tree cover.
If you would like to know more about some of our prominent and unusual trees please download the Streatham Campus Tree Trail guide from our website. We are also currently developing a St Luke’s Campus Tree Trail .
One of our arborists, Nathan, has been using an Arb-Ex tree spade to decompact the ground, using compressed air, around the roots of a mature Oak tree by Reed pond. This will help extend the life of the tree by improving air and water uptake.
We have had to remove one of our specimen trees at Reed due to an infestation of the Great Spruce Bark Beetle. Due to the nature of the infestation – which in itself has nearly killed the tree – and the risk posed to other trees in the area, we have taken the decision to fell and burn on site.
We are hopeful we will be able to gather some propagation material from the tree and grow this on to provide a genetic twin of this tree, with a view to planting it in the same place.
We will be watching other vulnerable trees closely for any other attacks. If detected early, infestations can be treated with biological controls which help reduce tree mortality.