Work commences on University Park Arboretum

March 12th, 2018

The work is being carried out as part of the strategy to further enhance the stock of trees across University Park. The long-term goal is to establish an Arboretum resource of regional and national value for the benefit of both students and visitors to the campus.

The University of Nottingham has a well-established reputation for creating attractive campuses. Recent developments at University Park, such as the Trent Parterre overlooking the Highfields Park Lake, continue to reflect our ongoing investment in landscape and green infrastructure across the estate. The University has now developed a strategy for the enhancement of the extensive tree collection that defines much of University Park Campus.

Trees have always been an integral part of the landscape across University Park. The campus has benefited from planned tree planting that dates back to its origins in the 12th Century as the Lenton Priory estate. This rich heritage comes with a great responsibility to manage, maintain and enhance the campus and the plans demonstrate our commitment to this by establishing an arboretum resource of regional and national value for the benefit of both students, staff and visitors.

The next phase of our planned works is to carry out the essential removal of a number of mature trees along Cut Through Lane, the approach to the Main Visitor Car Park and around Hugh Stewart Hall. These trees have been selected as they are in poor health or have reached the end of their natural lifespan. Their removal is necessary to ensure the safety of students and campus visitors and will provide the opportunity for new planting to extend the longevity of the tree resource and introduce new collections of trees.

New tree planting will offer seasonal and visual interest to users of the campus. It will include a Cherry Walk, glades of Japanese Maples and a Maple Crescent. Planting will also include less common varieties of species such as Persian Ironwood, Tulip Tree and the Handkerchief Tree to build towards the establishment of National Plant Collection Status.

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March 12th, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Mayank Mishra

Great job. This will also create an asset for the School of Life Sciences – please therefore also consider planting trees/shrubs of medicinal value.
The University of Nottingham continues to make me proud. Thank you.

April 6th, 2018 at 11:37 am

Susan Young

Be good to see some (edible) fruit trees – pears, cherries, plums, etc and again some less common varieties.

April 9th, 2018 at 7:02 pm

mitzi Gaunt

2 beech trees have been chopped back just to the trunk, both are healthy and not a danger to anyone, close to the hotel just down from the millennium gardens, as we cannot replace older trees which add to the diversity, and to do so would not be in accord with your plans, am I right to assume they are not going to be felled?

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