Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance




The University Parks team provides horticultural, arboricultural and landscaping services to colleges and other clients outside the University on a commercial basis, as well as employing these skills to maintain the Grade II listed Parks and all other green spaces across the functional estate.

Garden and grounds maintenance

  • Grass maintenance – including mowing, clippings collection and removal (to compost), scarification, aeration, lawn repairs (re-seeding, over-seeding and re-turfing), top dressing, application of lawn fertilisers and herbicides for weed killing and moss control.
  • Border and shrub maintenance – including weeding and hoeing, application of herbicides for weed killing (using highly effective total droplet applicators), pruning, re-planting and upgrading.
  • Seasonal programmes – including bedding schemes (spring and autumn), staking of herbaceous plants (late spring), pruning and cutting back (autumn) and mulching (winter).
  • Watering and irrigation – including the installation of automatic systems.

Landscape design and construction

  • Soft landscaping – including the development of planting schemes, installation of topsoil to create beds and borders, planting out and after care, and turf laying.
  • Hard landscaping – including paving, pathways and gravel laying, often in close conjunction with the Estates Services’ Conservation & Buildings team.

Tree surgery

  • Remedial work including dead-wooding, crown thinning and crown reduction.
  • Felling and stump grinding, including chipping, removal and recycling (for mulch) of all material.

Tree surveying

  • Ad hoc surveys of trees that may be in poor health (browning of the canopy, fungal infections etc) or that present a danger, utilising a range of techniques, including visual inspection at ground and canopy level, and both non-invasive (Picus Tomogram) and invasive (Resistograph) detection of possible decay.
  • Tree root surveys using radio waves to locate roots that are causing disruption to existing buildings or facilities, or may cause difficulties for new developments.

Ongoing surveying and recording of tree stock – using the Arbortrack system – to manage safety and risk issues.

Here is a summary of the improvements the team have made over the last 12 months:

University Parks Improvement Actions 2016 (304kb)