Biodiversity

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Surrey countryside, our campus is a beautiful, leafy environment, with carefully designed gardens, vibrant green playing fields and a picturesque lake.

Key successes

Some successful measures we have taken include:

  • Installing eighty upcycled bird boxes across campus in time for the bird nesting season.
  • Implementing a new irrigation system which has saved 100 hours of work.
  • Transitioning towards the use of electric vehicles and equipment by the Grounds team to save fuel and reduce noise and disruption.
  • Replacing the oak board edging of a pond on our Stag Hill campus to prevent water waste.

Hedgehog Friendly campus scheme 

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has recently awarded us a Bronze Award for being a Hedgehog Friendly Campus. The award has been achieved through collaboration from our staff members and students, who have promoted this initiative, organised events and increased awareness on the how to protect the spiny mammals. 

Guildford in Bloom 

We are pleased to have received medals in the Guildford in Bloom competition celebrating the diversity of our campus on several occasions. Most recently, our Estates team won Silver in the Best Site for Nature Conversation Category, for the fantastic campus lake, which boasts a wealth of wildlife and plant species. 

Physics PhD student Daisy Shearer also won Gold and Best in the Student Showcase Category for her quantum garden, located in Guildford Park Avenue, which featured a ‘path to quantum computing’, with paving stones engraved with scientific breakthroughs.

Community projects 

We support various community groups across Guildford through education on issues related to biodiversity. 

In collaboration with Surrey Wildlife Trust and Guildford Borough Council, a series of workshops have been held with the local community to understand how investing in the world’s natural assets and green spaces can lead to sustainable enhancements to quality of life.  

The University’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research also ran interactive community workshops with local residents. The sessions allowed participants to identify problem areas near schools, playgrounds, hospitals and near busy roads, where the use of green infrastructure such as hedges could improve the air quality.  

We have collaborated with Silent Pool Gin to present an anti-stress garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This exciting collaboration saw the University partner the premium gin brand, acclaimed Surrey-based garden designer David Neale and Dutch horticultural pioneers Plant-e, to explore plant technologies that encourage wellbeing. Through their combined expertise, the team created a sustainable oasis of calm for visitors to enjoy.

Find out more about our community engagement.

What’s next? 

During 2019/20, we will be looking to attain a Silver Award for our Hedgehog Friendly Campus accreditation. 

At the same time, our aim will be to strengthen our strategies by adding policies on Wildlife and Tree Risk Management. 

We will be closely collaborating with Surrey Garden Society to plant bee enhancing trees and create solitary bee boxes from upcycled materials to be used across our estate.