The last 18 months have placed more value on green spaces than ever, and students arriving at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for the new academic year can celebrate a campus with award-winning facilities, after the grounds won a Green Flag award for the fifth-year running.
The international Green Flag award, which is this year marking its 25th anniversary, 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, with the area maintained by UEA’s Grounds and Site team within the Estates division.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that Green Flag accreditation has been awarded to UEA, and the campus is open to members of the public all year round to enjoy tree walks and views over the UEA broad.
Research carried out this summer by YouGov for Keep Britain Tidy revealed that 53% of people visit a park or green space at least once a week, and 93% think that parks and green spaces are important to their local community.
The University’s students and staff, and members of the public, can take advantage of the high-quality environs of UEA’s campus by walking on the various Wildlife Trails or heading off on the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Trail.
Tom Everett, UEA Landscape Manager said: “We are incredibly pleased to receive a Green Flag Award for the fifth year in a row. We know how much green spaces matter to our students, staff and visitors, especially after 18 months where they have played a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safety.
“Access to quality, open spaces is key for all of us. This award is a testament to the hard work that goes into maintaining the University campus to such a high standard and we are very proud.”
You can find all the winners of the Green Flag award for 2021 on the Keep Britain Tidy website.