The beautiful grounds at Penryn Campus have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag for the second consecutive year.
The campus is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that has received a Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award this year.
Tony Sanders, Managing Director of Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus), which manages Penryn Campus, said: "We are delighted to retain this award. Our grounds team, led by Head Gardener Toby Nenning, work really hard all year to make sure this is a beautiful environment for people to work and study in and to visit. This was a particularly challenging year which included a lot of grounds damage from snow and ice and this internationally-recognised award is a fitting endorsement of everyone's hard work."
Ruth Grimmer, Senior College Operations Officer (Cornwall), University of Exeter, said: “Our estates and grounds teams do wonderful work, and it’s great to see their achievements recognised with Green Flag status once again.
“The grounds are open to the public, and we hope to encourage even more people to come and enjoy them – especially while the lovely weather continues.”
The Green Flag Awards - run by 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.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”
The grounds at Falmouth and Penryn blend historic sub-tropical planting with newly created landscapes. and are a haven for a diverse range of plant and animal species.
Our Penryn Campus gardens are open to everyone and visitors can enjoy the walled garden; herbaceous beds; sub-tropical planting; fruit producing orchard; Italian garden and terraces; the 18th Century lime avenue; parkland; the old drive with Pinetum native woodlands and the historic rare rhododendrons which were cultivated on the site in the Victorian era.