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

The University of East Anglia (UEA) campus has been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the UK for the second year running.

UEA has been given a Green Flag Award, which indicates that its campus boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The University joins a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces to have received the prestigious award this year.

Tom Everett, UEA Landscape Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the second year running. Our team works really hard to maintain the lovely surroundings at the University, which can be challenging at times, especially during the recent hot spell we’ve had.”

The UEA campus is open to the public all year round, enabling them to enjoy the broad, sculpture trail, tree walks and the Sainsbury Centre.

Debbie Cook, Quality and Compliance Manager, Cleaning and Grounds, said: “We know how much having green spaces to relax in and take a moment matters to all of our students and staff, and our dedication to provide this has again been recognised.

“We are also very proud to welcome visitors from all over the UK and overseas to enjoy our vast open fields, unique wildlife and campus facilities.

“This year we were mystery shopped by the Green Flag assessors so we didn’t know when the audit was taking place but because we try to keep the grounds looking at their best all year round, this wasn’t an issue for the team.”

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.”