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Garden launch event

On 9 May 2016, guests 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.

Diamond Jubilee International Garden

The Diamond Jubilee International Garden features plants species from Asia, Australasia, Africa, Europe and the Americas - originally collected and brought to the UK by plant collectors employed by the Exeter-based Veitch family of nurserymen. 

The idea of this garden was first born in 2006 during the Golden anniversary celebrations. The Garden features 5 themed beds, each representing a different continent to reflect the University’s international relationships.

The Grounds Team worked with colleagues in Estate Services and volunteers from across Campus Services, who gave their time to help clear the area and begin the new planting, to create a garden of international plants in an area of Reed Hall's old walled garden. 

The garden creates a communal space for staff, students and visitors to enjoy, and provides a tranquil place for our international students, staff and visitors to connect with plants that they recognise from home.  

The garden was officially opened on 9th May 2016 and featured as part of the University's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.