University of Sussex campus receives green award
The University of Sussex campus has been given national recognition for the quality of its landscaped outdoor spaces.
The Green Flag award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is an accolade that officially makes the campus - at Falmer, near Brighton - one of the best green spaces in the UK.
The award scheme, now in its 21st year, measures a range of criteria including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.
George Weekes, Partnership Director of Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) at the University of Sussex, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.
“We’re thrilled that the hard work of everyone involved, both in the Green Flag submission and the continued upkeep, safety and sustainability of our campus grounds, has been recognised.
“The campus really is a beautiful space that provides a green haven for students, staff and local residents.”
Judging for the awards involves a combination of guided walks and unannounced, ad hoc inspections, carried out by a team of volunteer experts.
The judges who visited Sussex remarked on SEF’s intent “to respect and improve the campus landscape and heritage” and added: “It is clear that SEF have strong and clear aspirations to make a real difference to the environmental management of campus, with some exciting plans ahead.”
Noting the “thriving community” at Sussex, the assessors commended the “strong staff/student/research links which only benefit the campus landscape” and its biodiversity.
In their report, they also highlighted the campus student-run vegetable garden (located behind the Park Village halls of residence) and the waymarked boundary walk, which provides access to the beautiful countryside around the periphery of the campus.
The panel remarked that the campus was “very clean indeed” and applauded the SEF grounds team for the “total lack of chewing gum litter”.
To add to the existing open areas for informal physical activity, the University is already taking forward one of the judges’ recommendations, to install an outdoor gym.
Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell, said: “We are delighted that the University campus will fly the Green Flag.
"This award is testament to the hard work of our grounds team in Sussex Estates and Facilities and their ongoing efforts to make our campus an inviting and relaxing place for students, staff and the public to enjoy."
Ashley Wilcox, SEF Grounds Manager, added: “The global recognition highlighted the wonderful efforts of Sussex Estates and Facilities' dedicated and skilled sports and grounds teams.
“This award is recognition of SEF's partnership with the University of Sussex and demonstrates the team’s commitment to excellence is recognised by our industry peers. We remain committed to cultivating exceptional green space within the campus and the local South Downs national park community."