Yorkshire in Bloom
With some 48 hectares of land and over 10,000 trees, maintaining our campus to a high standard is a big challenge. So knowing that we’ve impressed the judges and picked up two awards in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom is an achievement to be proud of.
University wins Gold Rose Award
The judges acknowledged our commitment to sustainable and diverse planting, including green roofs and wildflower areas. They gave a special mention to our beautiful Firth Court with its formal, colourful planting at the main entrance and lovely central court area. They also praised the Endcliffe student village grounds as being a haven for students and wildlife.
That we have recycling facilities across the campus and an 80 per cent recycling rate also impressed the panel. They were pleased too with the community nature of our herb garden and the fact that this year we have grown the first stock of perennial plants in our University Nursery – the plants will be ready to be planted in our grounds from March 2015.
“Recycling green waste and reusing plants are integral part of what we do and we will continually strive to improve sustainability throughout the estate,” said Doug Brooke, Landscape Services Manager.
He added: “We work closely with student and staff groups alike and offer support to all wishing to be involved in the landscape environment. And we are making plans to hold regular sessions with those who wish to be involved in working on the estate to offer educational opportunities.
“The formal planting at Firth Court has this year particularly impressed the judges along with the many plans that we have to continually develop and improve the external area of the Estate.
“We plan to set up an In Bloom working group in the near future to include staff and student membership. This will help ensure continuous development and improvement for future entries. Community involvement is integral to the Yorkshire in Bloom ethos.
“Winning this award shows how much can be achieved when we involve the local community and our student societies to benefit our University Estate. The Landscape Services team has worked very hard this year and the award is great recognition for the team.”
University Arms wins Silver Gilt Rose
The judges praised staff for being friendly and welcoming and the beer garden was hailed as a lovely oasis of peace and shelter.
They were also impressed by the themed garden with its good mix of sustainable planting and the effective use of climbing plants to screen the area from the road.
And in the spirit of the community-focus of the awards, the panel was also encouraged to hear about how the pub supports events organised by our students and is involved in the City’s Tramlines festival.
"We're absolutely delighted with the news of these two awards which is thanks to the effort and commitment of our in-house landscape team. We're thrilled that their hard work has been rewarded in this way and it's great for everyone at our University to be able to enjoy the results of that hard work around the campus,” said Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management.
About Yorkshire in Bloom
Yorkshire in Bloom is a voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom Campaign in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, North and North-East Lincolnshire. Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in Europe and each year it grows in size and importance and involves more people, groups and organisations creating lasting improvements to local environments.
Villages through to cities in the region are judged in Spring and Summer. The special categories which include public, private and charitable establishments, business premises, visitor attractions, caravan and camping sites, youth environmental projects and further education establishments.