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!
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.
Awards were also received by Helen, Clive, Luke and Derek for being all round good eggs.
As mentioned in previous posts, we have retained our Green Flags at both St. Luke’s and Streatham Campuses. We have now had our flag raising ceremony at Streatham Campus, we were not able to have a similar ceremony at St. Luke’s due to building work going on near the flagpole. We were, however, able to have photos taken in the beautiful staff garden at St. Luke’s and the sun even tried to shine for us a bit.
Outer Areas, Spreytonway and Central Estate Teams
Kate raises the Green Flag (this was take two, after we had turned the flag the right way around – oops!)
If you’ve been around Stocker Road or the Business School recently you can’t have missed the huge peonies that are flowering at the moment and looking stunning.
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’ on Stocker Road, June ’15
The rockery on Rennes Drive that contains a memorial plaque and was vandalised last year, has had a bit of a makeover, courtesy of the Spreytonway Team.
More magnificent Magnolias, this time in the Taddiforde Valley.
A number of trees on campus have been damaged in the recent high winds. The Grounds team have closed the path by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies due to a hanging branch that could cause injury or damage to property.
Our arborists have been trying to secure the tree today, but have been unable to access the branch, which is up near the crown of the tree which is over 30m high. We are hiring equipment to enable us to access the tree – these works will go ahead on Wednesday 8th April. Until the branch has been removed the path must stay closed.
Closer view of the damage
It’s a very tall tree…
Alternative routes are signposted
Damage was also sustained by a tree in the car park near Byrne House, Terry and his team had an early start this morning and were able to make the area safe.