More Wow Wildflowers!

The wildflower areas at St Luke’s Campus are looking fantastic.

Wow Wildflowers!

The wildflowers at the Reed Hall beds are in flower and looking glorious.

Last year we trialled having wildflowers instead of the customary formal planting in these beds and they proved so popular with everyone and the bees, butterflies and insects that we’ve done it again!

Sustainable Practices – seed propagation and plants grown in-house

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.

  

New Environmental Foamstream System

The University’s Grounds Team have purchased a new piece of equipment with the environment in mind. The water based foamstream system deals with moss, algae and weeds without the use of chemicals.

It is proving particularly useful in the historic listed landscape of Reed Hall as there is no risk of damaging the stonework.

The photos below show some of our staff using the new foamstream equipment and the difference achieved in the treated areas.

Grounds staff using the new foamstream equipment

Reed Hall gardens – before the foamstream application

Reed Hall gardens – after the foamstream application

Reed Hall stonework – before the foamstream application

Reed Hall stonework – after the foamstream application

 

Creative Upcycling – Bird Boxes, Bat Boxes and Bug Hotels

Our Grounds Sports Team based at Topsham Sports Ground have been busy making bird boxes and bat boxes from spare wooden palettes. These have been put up around the grounds in time for the bird nesting season and the excess ones will be sold at our plant sales.

Bird and bat boxes upcycled from wooden pallets

If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Grounds Sports Team have also created a bug hotel upcycled from a tree that fell during the recent storms.

Bug hotel upcycled from a fallen tree

What fantastic sustainability initiatives, well done to all our creative Grounds Sports Team.

Go Green Week – Monday 10th to Friday 14th February 2020

It’s Go Green Week from Monday 10th to Friday 14th February. The University and the Students’ Guild are teaming up with a range of student societies, the Grounds Team, academics and local community members to offer a range of events and activities to encourage people to think about environmental issues and support people to take positive environmental action in their own lives and communities.

Go Green Week events and programme:

Monday 10 – Waste & Recycling

  • Go Green in the Forum – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Free hot drinks if you have a reusable cup – 11:00 – Forum
  • Nourish – zero-waste shop stand – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Eco-brick stand – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Litter pick – TBC

Tuesday 11 – Travel & Energy

  • Free bike safety checks – 10:30-14:30 – Great Hall Piazza
  • Bike maintenance workshops – 10:30-15:00 – Great Hall Piazza
  • Plant Sale – 09:00-14:00 – Cross Keys, St Luke’s
  • Bike security marking and equipment discounts – 11:00-15:00
  • Go Green in the Forum – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Free hot drinks if you have a reusable cup – 11:00 – Forum
  • Student Switch Off Climate Change Quiz – 11:00-15:00 – Forum

Wednesday 12 – Wellbeing & Education

  • Free bike safety checks – Cross Keys – 10:30-14:30
  • Go Green in the Forum – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Free hot drinks if you have a reusable cup – 11:00 – Forum
  • St. Luke’s Garden Open Sessions – 12:00-14:00 – South Cloisters
  • Tree Planting Session – 13:30 – Meet at Chapel Drive
  • Streatham Campus Community Garden open session – 15:00-17:00 – Community Garden

Thursday 13 – Biodiversity & Environment

  • Go Green in the Forum – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Free hot drinks if you have a reusable cup – 11:00 – Forum
  • Grounds Guided Tour – 12:00-13:00 – Forum Piazza

Friday 14 – Food & Fashion

  • Go Green in the Forum – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Free hot drinks if you have a reusable cup – 11:00 – Forum
  • Clothes swap event – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Giki stand – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Vegan food stall – 11:00-15:00 – Forum
  • Food & Fashion Q&A – 14:30-15:30 – Forum Seminar Room 03
  • Go Green Week finale – refreshments – 15:30-16:30 – Forum

You can also find out more about student-led projects, local groups and opportunities to get involved in at the Information Fair every day in The Forum http://www.exeter.ac.uk/sustainability/newsandevents/gogreenweek/

Pumpkins!

Wow what beauties………………

We are very proud of these pumpkins we have grown on campus as a green initiative trial to help with weed control at our green waste site.

Not only has the trial been successful, but we can now have a pumpkin carving competition for Halloween!

 

 

Celebrating Green Flag Award 2019/20!

The Grounds Team have proudly celebrated the successful re-achievement of  the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2019/20 for our beautiful Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus.

The Award is the mark of a quality park or green space which has achieved the international standards for open space excellence and reflects the hard work that our dedicated team put into maintaining and nurturing our grounds to the highest standards.

Streatham Campus receives the award for the eighth consecutive year and St Luke’s Campus for the sixth consecutive year.

Bees’ Needs Week 8th-14th July 2019

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:

  1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees – our mature and exotic plants give long flowering periods for bees and insects.
  2. Let your garden grow wild – we have wildflower meadows located throughout our campuses to encourage biodiversity.
  3. Cut your grass less often – we ensure refuge strips are left uncut along campus watercourses to encourage wildlife.
  4. Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots – we practise sympathetic maintenance regimes and have installed bug hotels and insect palaces throughout our campuses.
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides – we use Integrated Pest Management to minimise the use of pesticides.

The Amazing Benefits of Trees!

The University of Exeter Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses, fields and woodland areas contain over 10,000 mature trees managed by the Grounds Team and we are keen to show the amazing benefits of these magnificent trees.

We recently undertook another i-tree survey of our trees, which converts measurements such as tree height, girth and canopy spread into an economic value of the natural benefits they provide.

Using some of the results from this updated survey, we have produced new wooden tree information signs which will replace the existing ones on campus.

Keep an eye out for these new signs which are displayed on trees around the grounds.