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Published: 05 March 2020

Making a difference to our environment on and off campus, with Steven Payne

Steven Payne discusses his role at the university and his work with Guildford Learning and Development Enterprise (GLADE).

Steven’s roots go deep into Guildford. ‘I spent a lot of time in my youth on Broad Street Common; that’s where I first got interested in nature, the environment and conservation, he reflects.’

Some years on, and Steven is still putting this affinity into practice across the community. ‘With the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership – which is part of GLADE social enterprise – we do gardening and litter picking, and we have put up bee hotels and bird and bat boxes at local schools. We would really like to get the community more involved in what we do, joining in and helping out. A clean and clear environment makes us all feel better.’  

It has been shown in measurable ways that spending time in a natural landscape does benefit wellbeing. The University is fortunate to make our home in the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), which covers a quarter of Surrey’s land.

Anything that impacts this rich and diverse resource affects everyone who lives or works in Surrey. Addressing climate change, the wastage in our consumerist society, and the problem of plastics and pollution are among our highest priorities in this area. Like Steven, when it comes to global issues, we think and act locally because that’s where solutions start. 

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