Department of Estates

Landscape management

The Landscape team is responsible for the upkeep of the University's grounds. We undertake horticultural management across the main campus, as well as the maintenance of all sports areas, including general pitches and specialist areas such as Astro pitches and clay courts.

The team divide their duties between:

  • Regular maintenance of the existing landscape features and plants
  • Creating plant displays for offices, events ceremonies both on and off campus
  • Salting and gritting the campus
  • Overseeing the planting of ceremonial or memorial trees on campus
  • Advising on current and future projects with a landscape element
  • Assisting the Department of Estates with the planning and design of post-building landscape re-instatements
  • Maintenance and preparation of the outdoor sports areas
  • General assistance to the Department of Estates in moving loads and digger works
  • Emergency storm damage repairs
  • Litter collection on soft landscape areas

Landscape Section wins 'Bath in Bloom'

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Estates can announce that the Landscape Section were the overall winners in the Environmental Project category in this year's 'Bath in Bloom' competition.

Landscape Section celebrates winning \'Bath in Bloom\' with the Vice-Chancellor

The areas judged were the wildlife pond, the green wall at 8 West, the Jubilee Garden, the Quiet Garden and the Wessex House rockeries.

Well done for yet another successful year!

Lunchtime walks

If you feel like some fresh air on your lunch break, then take a look at the map below. Various routes around the campus are marked out, alongside the public footpaths that lead onto the nearby golf course. Walking around the periphery of the campus takes about 40 minutes. You can take in many of points of interest on this leaflet. The map also shows alternative routes if you have restricted time.

Lunch Time walks map

This map is available to be printed as needed. Alternatively, we will be pleased to give you a copy of the map. To collect the map please come to the Estates Office or contact us via email.

One of the easiest places to start your walk is in the woodland opposite the Estates Office. Once on the gravel track opposite Estates, walk ahead until you meet the gate that leads onto the golf course. You can either turn along the gravel path towards Sham Castle field and Quarry Road, or alternatively turn right and take a walk along the new Eastwood Nature trail, turning right onto the gravel path adjacent to the Bushey Norwood field.

50th Anniversary Fountain

To celebrate our 50th anniversary the Department of Estates have installed a seven metre high fountain in the middle of the lake. The fountain will run from 8:30am to 9pm and will be illuminated in the evening by 3 led lights. It is secured by 2 concrete anchors and powered by a 6kW pump which pumps 110000Ltrs of water an hour (24196 gallons/hour). over 24 hours this will be the same volume of water held by an Olympic Swimming pool. As well as providing a centrepiece to the lake, the cascade will aerate the water and increase oxygen levels which deplete in summer and will automatically shut down during periods of strong winds. 


National Collection of Taxus (Yew)

The University is the official holder of the National Collection for the species (Taxus) (Yew). National Collections are administered by Plant Heritage, more commonly known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens. The collection at the University is spread across the main campus at Claverton Down. It was largely laid out about 30 years ago by the Landscape Manager at the time, Bill Bowen, with some subsequent additions by former Landscape Manager, Peter Brown. Bedgebury Pinetum supplied some new specimens in 2009, which are awaiting their final planting positions under the charge of the current Landscape Manager, David Hunt. A full report on the collection was written in 2010. There is also a campus map showing where exactly the trees are to be found. Visitors are welcome to follow a route around the campus grounds to look at the trees.

Sham Castle Field

For several years the University has leased Sham Castle Field but this is no longer the case, the lease terminated on 31 March 2015. The University has carried out various repair works to trees and boundary fences to ensure that the field is returned to the landowner in a good condition. Would members of staff please note that whilst access to public footpaths across the field remains, the landowner has requested that staff do not wander across the field in any/many directions and that they stick to the footpaths. Whilst it will no longer be possible to sit and relax in the field there are several other attractive campus walks and a map of these can be found on the Estates web page. The log seats previously situated in Sham Castle Field have been removed and will be re-sited elsewhere to provide places for staff to sit.

University Gardening Club

The University Gardening Club is a series of talks about landscaping and gardening that take place during the academic year (October-May).

The first talk  in the new year will be held on 10 January. There are a number of other meetings throughout the year.