Gardens and Grounds maintain the majority of the University’s external areas, focusing upon historic gardens, natural habitats, cultural open spaces and other open areas.
Our in house team of qualified horticultural staff maintains a diverse range of plants, garden features and habitats within the grounds and open spaces.As well as designing new landscapes, the service provides an annual survey of mature trees. Trees are maintained according to the priorities and principles of health and safety. On a seasonal, and rotational basis, the professional grounds team cultivates formal lawns and wild flower meadows accordingly. Within the Precinct area litter collections are a priority, whilst hard surfaces, walls and steps are surveyed; the results of which identify issues that are systematically resolved.
Find out more about the work of the Gardens and Grounds team, including information about the University tree collection and historic gardens.
Gardens and Grounds work to a detailed maintenance specification. Centred on productivity based budgeting data, the document comprehensively sets out a service level agreement for the landscape maintenance provided by Gardens and Grounds to the University.
Facilities managers maintain a working copy of the specification, ensuring that the service provided meets the developing requirements of the University. Additionally, this document has value to Gardens and Grounds staff as a benchmark for the standard of landscape maintenance they provide.