University through the seasons
The last remaining leaves are clinging on to the trees around Streatham Campus, and in this shot you can see the beautiful Barbara Hepworth sculpture in the background, located on Queen's Drive (affectionately known as 'Cardiac Hill').
Winter is typically the period when the trees and tall bushes on the estate come into their own. The contrast between the evergreen species in the Edinburgh Wild Conifer Collection, the Exeter Oaks and the deciduous Birch trees, with their white and grey paper-like bark, is spectacular at first light or sun-down. Some plants such as Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ appear happy to flower through all but the most harsh of winters.
When it has snowed or there has been an early frost, there is often evidence of fox or badger activity on campus, characteristic footprints give them away.
The Grounds staff are busy recycling leaves and tree needles. Salting and gritting is often required too, to keep roads and paths safe to use.
Our next picture will be of Spring... so watch this space!
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