University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Eco friendly equipment for our grounds

11 October 2017

Our FX Plus grounds team has started buying zero emission, electrical garden equipment for Penryn and Falmouth campuses.

Toby Nenning, FX Plus Head Gardener, said: “We have bought blowers and hedge cutters to try to cause less disturbance and reduce our emissions. The blowers are particularly necessary at this time of year. For instance, in just one day, we filled five large (1 tonne) bags of leaves from roads and pathways from around the main buildings, this then goes to our own compost and reused around the 130 acre grounds.

“Blowing is as necessary as mowing. If the fallen leaves were left they would become compost, cover the hard standing in mud and weeds would soon grow in it. We have various accidents each year from people slipping on leaves so removing leaves reduces this risk. They also block drains and other watercourses.”

Tony Sanders, FX Plus Managing Director, added: “These purchases are all part of improving service – keeping our grounds safe and helping to reduce noise for and staff and students.”

The FX Plus grounds team is committed to reusing as much as possible around the campuses. This is achieved in ways including turning old trees into benches; making wood chippings from branches; composting all plant material and grass clippings; collecting seeds; making nature piles for wildlife from branches; harvesting bamboo poles and using topsoil and granite to build flower beds and, recently, the Penryn Campus amphitheatre.

The grounds team also plants hundreds of trees and plants every year and creates wild flower meadows. Partly because of the team's work the campus regularly receives a Green Impact Gold award.

For detail of biodiversity and to download the FX Plus Biodiversity Action Plan see: