October 15th, 2020
The University of Nottingham has achieved Green Flag status for the 18th year in a row.
This international award by Keep Britain Tidy recognises well-managed parks and green spaces and sets the standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces. It has been awarded to both University Park and Jubilee campuses.
In a year filled with isolation and uncertainty, our parks and green spaces have become even more valuable as a place for us to connect with nature. They have been more widely used by the public during the lockdown restrictions.
University Park has 18 consecutive Green Flags to its name and attracts students and visitors to its large leafy campus. It boasts an impressive mix of landscape features, including a variety of tree species, wildflower meadows and contemporary gardens, including the Millennium Garden and Jekyll Garden.
The Jubilee campus has received the Green Flag award consistently since 2017. It was established in 1999 when a former industrial site was regenerated into a thriving environmentally friendly campus with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Four lakes provide diverse wildlife habitats as well as peaceful areas where people can pause and reflect.
The successive Green Flag awards demonstrate the University’s commitment to being a safe, clean and secure environment, as well as a sustainable place to work and study.
David Beadle, Grounds Maintenance Manager at the University of Nottingham, said: ‘This year has been particularly challenging for everyone within the Estates Grounds Maintenance Team. We thank all our staff for their continued commitment and contribution to help achieve this award.’
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: ‘Parks and green spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone.’
‘All the research shows that spending time in good-quality green space can improve people’s health and wellbeing, that is why it is important that they are managed to the recognised standard of the Green Flag Award. This is now something that millions more recognise after the challenges of the past six months. All those involved in the Green Flag Award should be congratulated on their achievement.’
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