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Campus blooms into colourful spring landscape

Last updated on 17 May 2024

For the University’s staff and students, there are a few sure signs that spring has well and truly arrived – lighter evenings, warmer days and, of course, the sight of campus springing into life.

Over the past few weeks, scores of flowers and plants across campus have bloomed, transforming the space into a colourful and scenic environment to work, study and meet in.

However, these aesthetic changes are not something left to chance.

For the University’s Grounds & Gardens team, the start of spring is the culmination of months of hard work.

The team logged a combined total of 700 working hours every week during winter to make sure that campus remained in the best condition possible.

They have planted over 14,000 bulbs and over 11,000 bedding plants and replaced over 200 shrubs and trees as part of their preparations for the start of spring.

Their hard work has enabled biodiversity to flourish. Wildflower turf has led to amazing all-year-round colour and pollination, native hedgerows have been planted for our campus birds, and ‘no mow’ areas have been protected. This has all allowed our very urban campus to become a haven for wildlife.

James Wright, Senior Maintenance Manager (Managed Services) at the University of Leeds said: “Our campus looks as good as it does now thanks to the planning, skill and hard work of the Grounds & Gardens team who maintain the space.

“The team’s work is helping us to create amazing spaces and places on campus, and to make everyone who uses our campus feel like they belong.”

As can be seen from the images below, their hard work has certainly paid off.

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