About us and the work we do
What we do
The University of Exeter’s Green Flag awarded Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses are acknowledged as the most beautiful and botanically interesting of any UK University.
Streatham Campus is described by The Times as the ‘best-gardened campus in Britain’ and by The Independent as having a ‘sublime’ setting.
The Streatham Campus is a registered botanic garden and both campuses display examples of the University’s National Collection of Azara (a South American evergreen shrub).
The area of the University's estates totals 153 hectares: Streatham Campus covers 114 hectares, St Luke's covers 8 hectares while our sports pitches cover 41 hectares, at our Topsham Sports Ground and at Duckes Meadow, by the River Exe.
A team of 31 staff, including apprentices work on the grounds, nursery and outdoor sports facilities throughout the year. The work of the Grounds staff includes:
- the care of specialist plant collections
- botanical specimen propagation
- tree and arboricultural works
- pot and bedding plant production
- football, hockey, rugby, lacrosse, cricket and tennis playing surface maintenance
- preparing, planting and maintaining plant beds across campus
- maintaining the indoor plants in the Business School, Reed Hall and the Terrace Restaurant
- litter management across campus
- ensuring roads and major pedestrian areas are gritted when necessary over the winter months.
Our award winning floristry team provide flower displays for the University's main reception, Reed Hall and the Sports Park as well as events such as summer and winter graduation and providing bouquets for staff to buy from our online shop.
We are responsible for the upkeep of all of the grounds various outdoor environments - ponds and watercourses, a cherry orchard, wildflower meadows and the wooded areas of the Taddiforde/Hoopern Valley. We take care to protect the biodiversity of the campus.
Our team of arborists look after the 10,000 trees on campus, ensuring the trees are safe, healthy and well maintained. We also have one of only a handful of Picus scanners in Devon. This system takes a non-invasive scan of a cross-section of the trunk of the tree and detects areas of decay and damage which are often impossible to see from the outside.
If you would like to have a guided tour of the University's beautiful grounds at Streatham, including refreshments at Reed Hall, we run tours throughout the year. We are also able to arrange bespoke tours for groups. If you would prefer a more informal walk around campus, we have produced Horticultural Highlights leaflets for both Streatham and St Luke’s.
We also offer a Gifts to the Estate service, which allows donations of trees, benches or other plants and landscaping features to be made to commemorate events or as a memorial.
At the Recognition Awards in May 2011 the Grounds Team were awarded the Registrar and Deputy Chief Executives Award for all their hard work in maintaining the campus to such high standards.