The award acknowledges high-quality green spaces and parks and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the University’s Gardens team who work throughout the year to make the campus a beautiful and welcoming space that students, staff and visitors can all enjoy. It is among more than 2,000 sites across the country which have been recognised this year.
Rachel Senior, Assistant Gardens Manager commented: “This award is truly a team achievement. Every year we face new and additional challenges and the Gardens Team embrace these with enthusiasm.
“As the focus moves more rapidly towards achieving carbon neutral status, the team strive to ensure the green spaces are kept to the standards of a world-class university whilst aiming to maximise its biodiversity - and this is not always easy. The Green Flag Award affirms that we are continuing to achieve this and is something of which we should all be immensely proud.”
Speaking about the Loughborough University campus, the Green Flag Award judges said: “The campus continues to be well managed and has developed well over recent years. It’s great to see the conservation of the walled garden arch and the supports around the cedar delivered alongside an increase in both habitat improvements and pesticide reductions. The focus on environmental improvements is clearly starting to improve the visual appearance and biodiversity of the campus.”
They also noted the challenges the institution’s Gardens team face when managing a space that has such a diverse range of uses.
The full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here.