What does it mean to be a nature positive university?


December 6th, 2022

The university is growing its biodiversity efforts and pledging to become a nature positive university – but we need your help.

We’re set to become a founding member of the Nature Positive Universities Alliance, an initiative led by the UN Environment Programme and the University of Oxford, which will be announced at COP15 in Canada.

This underscores our commitment to reversing nature loss so that species and ecosystems start to recover. There will be opportunities to help with surveying, developing initiatives and assessing the impact of the university’s activities.

Throughout December the university aims to plant over 800 trees and hedges to increase biodiversity and habitats, help remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and soak up rainwater.

This is where you come in. We’re calling on students, researchers and staff to help with the planting.

Tree planting at Riverside Sports Complex

Saturday 10 December, from 10am
Contact Sean Nolan to confirm your attendance

We’re planting over 300 trees and 10 different species around the perimeter of the Riverside playing fields in collaboration with UoN Sustainability and UoN Sport. This is to offset the CO2 emissions created by teams travelling to BUCS Big Wednesday 2022.

The tree-planting will create a more wildlife friendly area of the edge of some of Nottingham’s industrial areas, with further planting taking place over the next five years.

You don’t need to bring anything – just make sure you’re wearing something you don’t mind getting dirty!

CANCELLED: Hedge planting on University Park

Wednesday 14 December, 1.30pm-3pm
Meet at the Forever Stars Serenity Garden

A new species-rich hedgerow is being established near Florence Boot Hall. This will improve biodiversity by increasing the range of habitats and food available to wildlife, including invertebrates and small mammals. Sowing wildflower seed alongside this will attract more wildlife and provide food for insects – as well as seasonal colour.

No construction materials will be needed, with everything being repurposed from elsewhere on our campuses, including timber and soil. You don’t need to bring anything – just make sure you’re wearing something you don’t mind getting dirty!

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