Plans commencing for Walled Garden, University Park

May 7th, 2024

Plans to reinvigorate the Walled Garden to the east side of Highfield House on University Park campus have begun, with work starting on site in mid-April. 

The Campaign and Alumni Relations Office, in partnership with Estates, have proposed 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. 

Work is due to be completed by mid-June, depending on the weather – with hopes that students and staff can enjoy the garden by the end of June. The works have been made possible thanks to a legacy will that was left with the university.

Improvements to the garden include increased accessibility, new shrub and flower planting, new seating around the relocated water pump feature, relocating the existing pergola and refurbishing the wall at the northern end 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. 

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