Enhancement of the walled garden

November 28th, 2023

The university is pleased to announce plans to reinvigorate the Walled Garden to the east side of Highfield House on University Park campus.

The Campaign and Alumni Relations Office, in partnership with Estates, are proposing that the garden will provide a tangible location on campus where supporters of the university will be recognised, specifically for gifts left in their will.

These generous bequests will be commemorated by plaques mounted on a ‘donor wall’ to acknowledge their contribution towards the university and their impact on the wider community.

We know the existing garden is a special place to many so the nature of the proposed improvements will be subtle and in keeping with the garden’s existing character.

These include improving accessibility, new planting, relocating existing features and seating as well as providing new seating along with refurbishing the wall at the northern end of the garden to create the ‘donor wall’.

The garden will continue to provide a tranquil, secular space that can be used for contemplation and reflection by the wider university community in order to support the mindfulness and wellbeing of our students, staff and alumni whilst also celebrating legacy giving.

Funding for this project has been provided by an inspiring legacy gift left to the university.  It is envisaged that work will begin on site in spring 2024 and will be completed by June.

If you have any comments regarding the proposals, please communicate them via this Microsoft Form by Friday 8 December 2023.


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