Sustainability
   
   
  

Biodiversity

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To ensure that the University is one of the greenest, we utilise a variety of organic gardening practices and manage our grounds and gardens to encourage biodiversity. These practices include:

  • Horticultural green waste used to produce compost and mulching materials
  • Using mulch materials, such as bark and gravel, rather than pesticides 
  • Avoiding the use of peat for soil amelioration
  • Prunings and felled timber left as habitat piles in woodland areas
  • Dead or dying trees left standing as habitats
  • Provision of bird and bat boxes
  • Planting species that host invertebrates and insects - especially bees and butterflies
  • Planting of short rotation coppice willow as an example of energy crops
  • Reduced parkland mowing to reduce carbon emissions
  • Allowing wild flowers to establish and set seed
  • Cutting and baling grassland arisings as fodder
  • Keeping bees to aid plant pollination - we have 10 hives at King's Meadow Campus
  • Planting drought-tolerant species to reduce need for irrigation

We've seen significant increases in flora and fauna diversity on University Park, but the benefits are especially evident on Jubilee Campus - a former industrialised area that has been transformed into a green oasis.

We have a Biodiversity Management Plan for University Park that sets out a 10 year programme for enhancing the biodiversity of the campus. 

 

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Email: sustainability@nottingham.ac.uk