Grounds and gardens

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. Over the years, continued careful management and financial input has created the quality landscape we have at the Campus today.

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

Green Flag Award winner since 2003

The University has won several 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.

Recent awards for University Park include:

  • 2018 Green Flag Award for parks and open spaces for the sixteenth consecutive year
  • 2013 East Midlands in Bloom Regional Award for Horticultural Excellence in Parks
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nottingham in Bloom 2013
  • 2010 Green Gown Award – Highly Commended for Continuous Improvement - Specific Area
View garden guides for University Park 
Find out about the Friends of University Park group

Further information on our green gardening practices
View landscape management plan for University Park PDF format





Jubilee Campus


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 2018 Green Flag Award for its impressive outside space and sustainable credentials. This is the sixth 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.

View guide to flora and fauna on Jubilee Campus PDF format
View landscape and maintenance management plan for Jubilee Campus PDF format 
Find out about the Friends of Jubilee Campus group


Sutton Bonington Campus


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 of unusual species. 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 10 years, the landscape at Sutton Bonington Campus has been thoroughly overhauled and the plantings in most areas are established and in good condition. The new landscapes around Food Sciences and Plant Sciences Buildings have established well. A new footpath has been created through the Arboretum PDF format to enable visitors to enjoy this unusual collection of native and exotic trees.

There is further work to do at the Campus over the next few years to ensure that all areas of the grounds are of the highest standard, including:

  • replacing borders
  • thinning of tree plantings
  • tree surgery
  • grass maintenance
  • clearer signage to encourage use of certain areas

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


King's Meadow Campus

Bee orchid 

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 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