University recognised as one of the best green spaces in the UK for fifth year running

Our beautiful campus has once again been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the UK by receiving the prestigious Green Flag Award – for the fifth year in a row!

The Green Flag Award is the international benchmark of high quality and best practice for parks and green spaces. Managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the award recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces across the UK and around the world.​​​​​​​

We first received the Green Flag Award in 2019 and have maintained it every year since.

Following a visit back in April, the judges described our campus as “very open and welcoming”. They commented on the cleanliness of the campus, and the “extensive range of facilities” for sports, cycling, and other outdoor activities. The judges also highlighted campus features such as the Community Growing Space, hedgehog houses, swift and bat boxes, the Ignition Living Wall, as well as the Engels’ Beard, as a reference to the campus heritage. The Salford Tree Trail once again received an honourable mention.

In their feedback, the judges referred to our Grounds Maintenance Team as “a really passionate and knowledgeable team, who are clearly managing and maintaining the site to a high standard.” They commented positively on our Landscape Management Plan, which you can access on the Biodiversity and Landscape Management webpage.

Marta Strzelecka, Sustainability Engagement Officer, said: “We’re delighted that our  beautiful campus has once again been recognised with the Green Flag Award. It’s a real testament to all of the hard work done by the Grounds Maintenance Team, as well as our student and staff volunteers, to keep the campus green and welcoming for all.” 

Commenting on the good news, Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager, Paul Todd added: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at the University of Salford in achieving a Green Flag Award. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award, and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

A full list of this year’s winners can be found on the Green Flag Award website.

Community Growing Space

Our community garden, located behind Clifford Whitworth Library, is open to all staff, students and local community. It features planters full of herbs and flowers, wildflower patches, and an insect hotel.

The garden provides room for mindful activities such as meditating and spending lunch breaks outside. It can also be used for educational activities for students and outdoor meetings. If you’d like to use the space to host an event, a meeting, or anything else, please get in touch with the Sustainability Team.

Green Campus Group

Interested in green spaces on and around campus? Why not join our Green Campus Group! Open to colleagues, students and the local community, the purpose of the group is to share information about the current and potential use of outside spaces on campus, including how they’re planning to be developed and enhanced. Find out more about the Green Campus Group in the Terms of Reference and join our Teams group.

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