October 2, 2012, by Fraser

Blooming marvellous! Awards for University grounds…

The University of Nottingham is renowned for its show stopping grounds. That’s why it is no surprise that University Park has racked up a 5th consecutive Nottingham in Bloom Gold Award for Best Commercial Premises.

It was the summer display by the North Entrance to University Park in particular which picked up the prize.

Councillor Malcolm Wood, Chair of Nottingham in Bloom, said: “The magnificent bedding display at the North Entrance has for many years been a favourite sight for motorists and passers-by. This year the University’s entry in this competition also included the stunning West Enterance bedding display and the new border outside Djanogly Gallery besides Highfields Park.

“An absolutely unbeatable combination – well done to the University team.”

Key to the city’s success

The University also teamed up with Nottingham City Council to support the city’s entry into the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition, which resulted in a Gold Award for Nottingham.

The judges visited both Jubilee and University Park and were very impressed – with the Millennium Garden receiving high praise.

Other awards news

The University has also made it down to the last six in the Times Higher Education awards for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development. The winner will be revealed at a gala ceremony on Thursday 29 November – so watch this space.

What’s more, the University’s Nottingham Advantage Award has been nominated in the Learning and Skills category of the Green Gown Awards. This category recognises achievement in the development of skills and capabilities relevant to sustainability – something that is very important to Nottingham in terms of becoming a sector-leading sustainable university — particularly through extra-curricular activities.

Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market

In other exciting news, The University’s Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market, which was set up by four Postgraduate students, has been shortlisted for the BBC Food and Farming Awards in the Best Food Market category.

Here’s what they said about SB: ‘Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market, Nottingham, a monthly farmers’ market selling fresh, local, seasonal, organic produce e.g. vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs, meat, honey and preserves. The nomination said, “Run by students, for students, but still welcoming members of the public”.’


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