Blooming marvellous work from the Grounds Team (2012) Blooming marvellous work from the Grounds Team (2012)

UEA won two awards in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, 2012, as well as the Community Biodiversity Award from the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership for our Biodiversity Action Plan, Campus Conservation Project, and Wildlife Trail.

Creating a biodiversity-rich environment requires a new approach to managing the grounds; for example, by reducing grass cutting we have been able create corridors of creatures.

Oliver Deeming, UEA Grounds Manager

The first of these awards, a silver Britain in Bloom award, celebrated community involvement. The University provided West Earlham Primary School with free vegetable plants for a newly created vegetable patch within their school grounds. The children went on to set up a biodiversity committee and wrote poems about their positive experiences which were sent to the Britain in Bloom judges.

The second award, the Britain in Bloom Best Biodiversity award for East Anglia, recognises the efforts made in supporting and increasing biodiversity in parks, gardens, allotments and other green spaces managed by local authorities or in this case a university.

Director of Estates Roger Bond said: “I am very proud of the team who have worked so hard to create a beautiful and bio-diverse campus; they very much deserve to receive public recognition for their efforts.”

Read the BBC News article, 'University of East Anglia opens campus wildlife trail'