National Tree Week

It’s National Tree Week! First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

We are extremely lucky and proud to have 10,000 trees on University grounds. They are all managed in-house by the Grounds Team skills and dedicated arborists.

To help you appreciate a selection of our diverse trees, we have published Tree Trail guides for both the Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus which can be downloaded from the Grounds website.

Cover Page – Tree Trail St Luke’s Campus

Cover Page – Tree Trail Streatham Campus




Critically Endangered Tree Growing on Campus

We are so pleased to have this Wollemi Pine tree on campus and report that it is thriving.

The Wollemi Pine, as it is known, was thought to only exist in fossil records until it was rediscovered in Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia in 1994.

Still listed as a critically endangered species, it is not a Pine but more closely related to the Araucaria species such as the Monkey Puzzle tree.

Critically endangered Wollemi Pine tree May 2018

National Tree Week

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 .

Oak Tree at Reed Arboretum

UK & Ireland Tree Climbing Competition hosted at Exeter University

We were very excited to host the UK & Ireland Tree Climbing Competition on Streatham Campus in September as part of the Arboricultural Association’s 51st Amenity Conference. Categories included Throwline Test, Fast Climb, Rescue Test and Work Climb on trees such as a Pinus sylvestris, a Pinus nigra and a Cedar. The results of the competition and a review can be found here

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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 an 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 survey, we have produced tree information plaques.










New Tree Trail Guide, Streatham Campus

We are pleased to announce that we have produced a new Tree Trail guide which provides a route around Streatham Campus pointing out some interesting examples of our many wonderful varied trees. Please do download this guide from our website and explore our trees!

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New life for diseased Cedar tree

Grounds staff have had to unfortunately remove the Cedar tree between Streatham Farm and Hatherly. The multi-stemmed Cedar had become damaged as a result of gales a few years ago, but quick action meant that the tree’s life was extended by adding some bracing between the remaining trunks.

However, in recent times the wound created became infected by a Fistulina or Beefsteak fungus which caused brown brittle rot to develop in the centre of the remaining trunks.

A further inspection using the Picus sonic decay device confirmed a large proportion of the tree’s heartwood had been damaged and the tree could suffer a brittle fracture. As this gave the tree a high hazard rating score, action had to be take to remove it.

When the tree was originally damaged a replacement Cedar was planted as a precaution and we will also be planting more than 30 young trees across our campuses during the current dormant season.

The Grounds arborists have made use of their planking saw and have converted some of the best wood from the Cedar tree to make three rustic seats. Also, this area will be re-landscaped in Spring 2017 to create a new space making the most of the view across Hoopern Valley.





Cedar between Streatham Farm & Hatherly Seats Created From Wood (felled November 2016) (1)

Cedar between Streatham Farm & Hatherly Seats Created From Wood (felled November 2016) (2)