As part of our plans to create a world-class campus at the heart of a vibrant city, we’ve been working to improve the grounds and gardens that are an important part of the Leeds experience. A mixture of formal landscapes, tranquil spaces and wildlife friendly planting all help to make our campus a unique place.
In September this work caught the eyes of a charity, Yorkshire in Bloom, the regional body representing the Britain in Bloom campaign organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Encouraging the development of community spirit and civic pride – whilst promoting responsibility for planting, cleanliness and maintenance – the charity holds an annual competition awarding standards of Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze to businesses, communities, parks and organisations across the region. The University was awarded Gold in the ‘Universities, Colleges and Further Education Establishments’ category.
Yorkshire in Bloom said: “It was good to see the three formal seasonal bedding displays which were popular for graduation photographs during our visit. The maintenance of the campus was to a high standard and is a credit to the small team of dedicated Gardeners, a very good entry.”
The landscape and sensory garden proposals for Charles Morris Hall also received a special mention from Yorkshire in Bloom regarding the care that has been taken to develop a landscape solution that will be accessible and inclusive for all students, staff and visitors.
Thank you and well done to the gardening and maintenance teams who work hard, year-round, to contribute to our stunning, award-worthy campus!