Lancaster University’s campus has been awarded a Green Flag which is a national award for high quality green spaces.
The 360 acre campus provides a pleasant environment for both students and staff as well as being accessible to the public.
It offers facilities for students and staff to have a picnic by the side of Lake Carter or barbeque at the dedicated electrical BBQ stations, explore the woodland, relax in various courtyard gardens or visit the organic garden.
Recent improvements include:
• the enlargement of Lake Carter both for environmental and aesthetic reasons
• revitalisation of Alexandra Square
• dedicated woodland trail and trim trail
• sports pitch drainage improvements
• the creation of both meadow and wildflower grass areas.
The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace, which manages the scheme on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.
It was set up in 1996 and aims to recognise well-managed, high quality green spaces accessible to the public.
Lancaster University’s Director of Facilities, Mark Swindlehurst said: “It is very rewarding to have our campus grounds recognised at such a high national standard. We strive to maintain and develop the campus through sustainable management of the site, making improvements, increasing its bio-diversity and wildlife potential.
“This achievement is a true testament to the fantastic team involved in maintaining the grounds.”
Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell said: “Green spaces have a huge impact on local communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all.”