Green spaces

Lenton Firs Rock Garden during autumn, University Park 

University Park

The University of Nottingham is proud of its extensive landscaped grounds. University Park has always been recognised as one of the best and most attractive university campuses in the UK. 

The overall style of University Park might be described as ‘English Landscape’. Although no area is authentically eighteenth century, it has the main parkland components of:

  • rolling grassland
  • individual and clumped trees
  • shrub groups
  • water features
  • long grass 'wild' areas, which encourage biodiversity
  • different plant species from around the world, reflecting the international nature of the University

The University has won many awards for its landscaping and grounds management, including a Green Flag Award for University Park every year from 2003 - we remain the only University to have achieved this status. A Green Flag Award indicates that the park or garden is a well-maintained, well-managed and environmentally sustainable green space with excellent facilities.

Walks & garden guides for University Park

Friends of University Park group

Landscape management plan for University Park [PDF]


The landscape at Jubilee Campus is based around three lakes and was designed and is maintained with emphasis on wildlife conservation. This has largely been successful and many different species of waterfowl live on the lakes, including herons.

Jubilee Campus has gained the prestigious 2019 Green Flag Award for its impressive outside space and sustainable credentials. This is the seventh time Jubilee Campus has received the award.

The meadow area toward the Jubilee Conference Centre was established on the ground-up waste from the previous buildings and supports a wide range of flowering plants, attracting a growing colony of rare blue butterflies.

Friends of Jubilee Campus group

Guide to flora and fauna on Jubilee Campus [PDF]
Landscape & maintenance management plan for Jubilee Campus [PDF]  

External view of the Exchange building and library building, Jubilee Campus



Sutton Bonington

The home of the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, this campus is set in the countryside on the Nottinghamshire - Leicestershire border and enjoys a mature landscape setting, including an arboretum with an unusual collection of native and exotic trees. A lime avenue, originally planted to commemorate those lost in the First World War, is said to have a 'King's Shilling' buried under every tree.

Over the last few years, the landscape at Sutton Bonington Campus has been thoroughly overhauled and the plantings in most areas are established and in good condition.

In 2012 the University created Diamond Wood by turning arable land into native woodland habitats, planting over 40,000 trees.



King's Meadow

The former Central TV studios site, King's Meadow Campus is situated adjacent to the flora and fauna rich King’s Meadow Nature Reserve and hosts some of the University's bee hives. Extensively refurbished gardens provide staff with an oasis to withdraw to and relax in during break periods. The meadow grass areas are home to native Bee and Common Spotted orchids.

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD