Penryn Campus gardens and grounds have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world, for the third year in a row.
The campus, which is shared by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter Cornwall, is among a record-breaking 2,101 parks and green spaces around the world to receive a Green Flag Award this year.
The award, now into its third decade, is a sign that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Tony Sanders, FX Plus Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for this third consecutive year. I would like to thank the members of our Grounds Team, led by Toby Nenning, and everyone else who works hard to keep these beautiful grounds looking so good for everyone to enjoy.
“The grounds, including walled and Italian gardens, pieces of art, historic trees and more, are an integral part of campus life making this a great place to work and study.”
The Green Flag Awards - run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy which also runs Blue Flag awards for beaches - highlight spaces that boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.
Criteria include maintenance of buildings and landscape, environmental management, community involvement, biodiversity and heritage. As well as university campuses and parks, Green Flags have also been awarded to cemeteries, nature reserves and canals.
The Green Flag Award decision was made following a judges’ visit to Penryn Campus earlier this summer. One judge said in the assessment: “Tremough (Penryn Campus) is full of history with plant collectors, private owners and schools and the transition to a university – it has been a remarkable transition blending the old and the new.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”
The grounds blend historic sub-tropical planting with newly created landscapes. and are a haven for a diverse range of plant and animal species. The gardens are open to everyone include a walled garden; herbaceous beds; sub-tropical planting; fruit producing orchard; Italian garden and terraces; an 18th Century lime avenue; parkland; a drive with Pinetum native woodlands and historic rare rhododendrons which were cultivated on the site in the Victorian era.