All members of the Grounds Team took part in an in-house Sunflower growing competition this year.
The Sunflowers were grown from seed and were then planted out at the Grounds nursery. Their growth has been very closely monitored over the last few weeks with some of the early front runners fading away.
The competition was strongly fought with a large amount of care and attention lavished on the Sunflowers, with some team members really going the extra mile to encourage growth in some rather unusual ways (singing, playing music and dancing have been reported)!
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the prestigious Sunniest Sunflower 2022 Award, with the tallest and most floriferous Sunflower, is Elliot Smith. Congratulations Elliot!
The Sunniest Sunflower Award was created in-house from fallen timber on campus, which not only makes it sustainable, personal to the team but also economically viable as it cost nothing to create!
The winner, Elliot Smith, next to proudly accepting the Sunniest Sunflower Award
All members of the Grounds Team took part in a new Mighty Oak Award knock-out competition in 2021 which ran for eight months until the winner was declared. The competition included questions on health and safety, horticulture, arboriculture and some unusual statistics in the industry!
The competition helped improve working relationships, highlighted the combined horticultural and arboricultural knowledge and expertise of the team and also showed the competitive nature of some of the team members!
The award trophy was created in-house from felled timber on campus, which not only made it sustainable, personal but also free!
Mighty Oak Award 2021 trophy
Marcus, the proud winner of the Mighty Oak Award 2021
We are delighted to announce that we have again successfully achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award for both our Streatham Campus and our 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.
The Grounds team work hard throughout the year using their extensive skills and experience to nurture our beautiful grounds and we are extremely proud of this achievement and the wonderful grounds that we have the privilege to work in and enjoy.
We are delighted to announce that the University of Exeter’s Grounds Team is the RoSPA Best New Entry UK winner!
This is in addition to the RoSPA Health & Safety Gold Award that we have won.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a recognised world wide industry leader in health and safety excellence.
These awards recognise the systems and processes we have in place to protect our staff working in areas of potential high risk and that we ensure all our staff understand how to keep themselves and others safe.
We are delighted to announce that the University of Exeter’s Grounds Team have been awarded the RoSPA Health & Safety Gold Award!
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) is a recognised world wide industry leader in health and safety excellence and advice.
The Gold Award recognises the efforts made to have systems and processes in place that protect staff working in areas of potential high risk and an understanding across all the members of the Grounds Team to keep themselves and others safe.
This fantastic achievement was the result of a year’s work and a group effort involving the Grounds Team and the Health and Safety Team at the University of Exeter.
It is excellent recognition for the effort David Evans from the Grounds Team and Ian Stone from the Health and Safety Team put in to compiling and submitting the application to RoSPA.