Biodiversity

A meadow of poppies and daisies

Biodiversity

Wilder Kent Awards 2023 - Gold Winners!

We are excited to announce that the University has been awarded a gold at the Wilder Kent Awards 2023 run by Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT).

This award reflects the cumulative work of the Landscape and Grounds Team, Sustainability Team, Conservation Society, Kent Community Oasis Garden and BioBlitz Committee to deliver work across our campuses to support and enhance our natural spaces for wildlife. 

Read more about our win on KWT's website or hear about some of our work in the latest Talk on the Wild Side Podcast.

We look forward to submitting for 2024!

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Creating spaces for people and planet

The Canterbury Campus is 300 acres of woodland, grassland, amenity areas and ponds. The Landscape and Grounds Team are responsible for its management, however, we all have a role in protecting this space and the wildlife that we share it with. Please take some time to explore the campus (Coming soon - nature trail information) and make a note of what you see. 

Quotation

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

David Attenbourough

Quotation

For conservation to be sustainable it can't be just about doing the actual conservation work, but doing it in a way that works for people and communities."

Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

The River of Vegetation

The University is fundraising to create a ‘river of vegetation’ across the Canterbury campus, which will act as natural signposting to flagship project areas: the Kent Community Oasis Garden and Diamond Anniversary Orchard.

We aim to create a high amenity and pollen value trail that acts as a wildlife corridor as well as an education tool, and foraging trail. The 1st plants have been put in the ground, by the Conservation Society with 9 nut trees now in the new Parkwood Nuttery.

The project is still in its early days, with more info to follow. Email us if you would like to be kept up to date with project announcements.