UEA campus highlighted as one of the UK’s best green spaces


The University of East Anglia (UEA) campus has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world, for the third year running.

The University is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award, the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

UEA’s 360 acres of campus is home to 5,793 different species of plant and animal, including 108 which are rare or endangered.  The campus is open to members of the public all year round, where they can enjoy tree walks, the Sainsbury Centre sculpture trail and views over the UEA broad.  

Tom Everett, UEA Landscape Manager said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the third year running.”

Debbie Cook, Quality and Compliance Manager said: “I am very proud of our Grounds and Site teams. We have a small team of 14 dedicated Grounds staff who look after our beautiful campus and they do a fantastic job. The Site team consists of 13 members of staff who provide external cleaning services and ensure the campus looks so clean and tidy.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to students, staff and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the University campus to such a high standard.”

The assessor observed that: “The Estate Team have continued to work as efficiently as possible within strict budgets. They invest in both innovative and much needed maintenance projects.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “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.”