The Grounds team
The grounds team grow a large range of herbs, fruits and vegetables on campus and we have been showcasing these on our fresh pickings stand. The stand has visited the Richmond Building Atrium and the School of Management Atrium. It will be stopping by Student Central soon and we will have details posted on blackboards across campus and on our event page on the univeritywebsite. All the pickings are free to staff and students and we encourage you to pick your own. There is a whole range of fruits grown on City Campus that are perfect for making jam etc. We have gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, strawberries and cherries. To make sure these tasty fruits do not go waste, we are running jam fruit picking sessions. The grounds team also run regular nature trails.
The University of Bradford first entered the Yorkshire in Bloom competition in 2006, initially entering the School of Management Site which was awarded a bronze medal. In the two years that followed 2007/8 we received the silver medal for the School of Management site. We did not enter the competition in 2008/9 due to extensive building works being carried out on site which had a major impact on the grounds. We decided in 2010/11 to enter both City Campus and School of Management sites for the first time, with the belief that the entry would give us a guideline for future grounds planning and received a Silver gilt award.
In 2011/12 we decided to again enter both sites and learn from the advice given, which was to produce a portfolio with a selection of the memorable moments that capture the changing seasons and our achievements throughout the year. We believed that we could create a better area for staff, students and the local community. In 2012/13 we gained the Gold award and Chairman's award for both sites this was followed up in 2013 with a second gold award. In 2014 we again achieved gold award, overall category award and environmental quality award. This was our third consecutive gold award and demonstrates the ongoing commitment to the grounds by the grounds team.
At present both sites are run by a team of six in house gardeners. We encourage staff, students, the local community and schools to get involved and reap the rewards of our produce. Funding for the maintenance of the grounds is provided through Estates and Facilities’ annual budget. This year we have mentored a local primary school and entered them into this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom.
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