University campus is England’s ’greenest’

University campus is England’s ’greenest’

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With its rolling parkland, landscaped gardens to rival Kew, and eco-friendly maintenance techniques, The University of Nottingham’s main campus is the greenest in the country, thanks to a new Green Flag award announced today.

The Green Flag is the seventh annual award in a row for University Park, the highest number ever awarded to a UK university over successive years. Green Flags are widely acknowledged as the benchmarks of excellence for parks and recreational spaces. They are only awarded when several standards are judged to be met including high quality horticulture, working local community partnerships, environmental quality, cleanliness, accessibility and sustainability.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor David Greenaway, said: “I’m delighted that University Park has received the Green Award again. The award is a credit to the hard work and commitment of our Grounds Staff. The University is committed to improving levels of environmental sustainability on all our campuses in the UK, in our new or older buildings and our landscapes. As a world-leading research centre in energy and sustainability, it is important that we can demonstrate our commitment to the reduction of our own environmental impact. This latest Green Flag Award reflects the success of that work.”

The University’s Grounds Manager, Desmond O’Grady, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to hear that University Park had achieved its seventh Green Flag Award for 2009-10. Our strengths include community partnerships, quality amenity and recreational space, sustainability initiatives, the visitor experience and excellence in horticulture. The award is a huge team effort which includes hard work from a dedicated grounds team, new initiatives in sustainability from the Estates Office Environment Section, the support of the University management and a special ‘thank you!’ must be given to the Friends of University Park, an enthusiastic, community support group, vital in achieving this continuing success. The University of Nottingham is unique in being the only University in the country to achieve Green Flag status on its main campus, something of which we can all take great pride!”

Over the past few years the University has won several other awards for its landscaping, including a British Association of Landscape Industries Award, a Civic Trust Award, Britain in Bloom Public Park Award and several awards from the Nottingham in Bloom Competition. Last year, University Park also won an East Midlands In Bloom ‘Special Award’ For Horticultural Excellence.

Mr O’Grady will be presented with the University’s new Green Flag at a ceremony in Bournemouth on Thursday July 23.

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