Grounds Maintenance


Estates employ a team consisting of one Grounds Manager, one Grounds Supervisor, two Sports Grounds persons, four Gardeners, two Mower Drivers, and a Tractor Driver.

Paul Griffiths is the Grounds Manager and he is responsible for overseeing the work carried out on the Medway campus and ensuring all 300 acres of land on the Canterbury campus is maintainted to an agreed standard, based upon a detailed specification. Our in-house team carry out all works on the Canterbury campus and external contractors are used to carry out all necessary maintenance on the Medway grounds.

Chris Wright (Grounds Supervisor), manages all day to day related grounds maintenance.

The Grounds Maintenance  Service Level Statement provides a comprehensive overview of the services offered.

The University grounds include:

  • Sports facilities
  • Formal gardens
  • Woodland
  • Grassed areas
  • Hay meadows
  • Shrub beds
  • Ponds and the woodland trail

Contact Details

T: 01227 823216/16666


Working Hours





Useful Information

ISO 14001 Environmental Management

Please note: The Grounds team are not responsible for the collection of litter around the campus. Please see the Cleaning Section for details on campus cleaning.

A comprehensive preventative maintenance schedule is undertaken throughout the year as agreed with the Grounds Manager and Head of FM. This includes but is not restricted to: mowing, hedge cutting, spraying & gardening, leaf clearing, all tree works, pitch line marking and fertilising.

All Grounds related defects should be reported to Estates Customer Services on telephone extension 16666 or via the online defect system. Bespoke requests are chargeable, if you would like a price for work, please log the details via our rechargeable works request form.

Biodiversity Management

The University's Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscaping Strategy has been developed as part of our Environmental Management System which is certified to ISO14001:2015. This plan ensures that sustainability becomes an integral part of the day-to-day running of the University's outdoor spaces, through identification of the status of its habitats and the species present, and identifies key objectives for maintaining and enhancing biodiversity.


The various habitats across campus are home to a wide variety of species including a number of protected species, most notable of which is the Great Crested Newt. The Grounds team ensures the protection of all species through compliance with all relavant legislation including the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Staff from the Grounds team are able to advise staff from other areas including projects and facilities management on thier responsibilities towards species and habitat protection.

Woodland areas

The woodland areas are of great importance to the University and they are managed by the Grounds team in accordance with Forestry Commission guidelines and recommendations. This sometimes means that certain trees have to be felled because of disease or instability. A Woodland Management Plan was prepared in September 2015 to include coppicing and other woodland management practices for Bluebell Wood, Park Wood and Brotherhood Wood. Some management of the woodland formed part of the planning requirement for the development of the new Sibson building. Whenever possible information will be given on the web relating to this area of the Grounds Maintenance Unit's work.


There are seven ponds located on the Canterbury campus. They are actively managed for biodiversity as appropriate, by the Grounds team. General pond maintenance is carried out on small sections of all campus ponds annually. Larger restorations are conducted on one pond per year.

  • Upper and lower Eliot College
  • Woolf College
  • Keynes Duck Pond
  • Jennison
  • Woody's Culvert

Hay Meadows/ Grassland areas

There are a mix of wild flower and hay meadows across the campus. These are maintained as part of the preventative maintenance programme and in line with thre requirements specified in the Biodiversity Management Plan.

Areas of protection and/or high biodiversity sensitivity

A plan of the Canterbury campus has been prepared which indicates protection areas and areas of particular biodiversity sensitivity.

Winter weather

The Grounds team are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the University roads and footpaths. If there is a heavy overnight frost, the clearance of ice follows an agreed priority order. Staff do not work during the weekends however, depending on the current or expected weather conditions, a team will be deployed to site to carryout clearing/ gritting works if necessary. The Grounds Manager remains in constant contact with Campus Security at all times and is on extra alert in these situations.

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Last Updated: 30/04/2019