City campus flagged as one of the world’s best green-getaways
Press release issued: 20 July 2017
Bristol’s main city campus has been recognised with a Green Flag Award, an international benchmark for public spaces which are also world-class natural havens.
For the second year running, the University of Bristol has been celebrated for its efforts in maintaining the highest possible environmental standards for its outdoor areas.
The University boasts beautifully maintained gardens and at the heart of the main city campus is the Royal Fort Garden. This garden features a number of public art installations including a striking mirror maze and a wildflower meadow which was planted as part of 'My Wild University' and efforts to 'Get Bristol Buzzing' with pollinators.
Alan Stealey, University of Bristol Head of External Estates, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the second year running
“We know how much quality green spaces matter not only to staff and students but also to local residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the main campus site to such a high standard.
“People are increasingly aware of the welfare benefits for spending even a short time in a natural environment, and we recognise the value of the gardens for holding events, attracting schemes such as My Wild University and public and performing art projects.”
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.