Celebrating 60 years of the University of Exeter

Diamond Jubilee International Garden Launch

The official launch of the Diamond Jubilee International Garden marked the 60th anniversary of when Her Majesty the Queen presented the University with its Charter in May 1956. The Gardens were officially opened by the Vice Chancellor and Director of Campus Services, Phil Attwell, and a selection of Exeter alumni and international students were invited to attend alongside the staff volunteers who helped create the garden. 

The garden is now open for all to enjoy and share in the tranquil space filled with plants from across our five continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas.

Diamond Jubilee Garden launch party

Video: Garden Launch

On 9 May 2016, guests including staff, students, Alumni and friends of the University of Exeter gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to present the University with the Royal Charter. The occasion was marked by the official opening of the Diamond Jubilee International Garden – an idea first born 10 years ago during the Golden anniversary celebrations. The Garden features 5 themed beds, each representing a different continent to reflect the University’s international relationships, and is now open for all to enjoy.