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University voted for having best green space for fourth time

The University of Reading has, for the fourth time, been ranked as having one of the best green spaces in the UK.

Retaining its position as sixth on the 2014 Green Flag People’s Choice Award list out of another 1,500 other locations, the University’s Whiteknights campus has been praised for its vast parkland of 130 hectares.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading, said: “We are delighted to have remained in the top ten green spaces in the UK and would like to thank everyone who voted for us.

“Whiteknights is a beautiful campus and it certainly sets Reading apart from other universities around the country. This award is a testament to the commitment of the University’s grounds and facilities maintenance team. Without their hard work, our campus would not be such a wonderful place to work, study and visit.”

Other highly praised features included the site’s Harris Garden, complete with its own orchard, wildflower meadow, woodland, and a circle of twenty Japanese cherry blossom trees.

As well as the Harris Garden, the Whiteknights campus is home not only to its vast lake, but also to a variety of unusual trees, including Wellingtonia, Mirbeck Oaks and Cretan Maples.

In addition, the University received acclaim for its level of maintenance and eco-friendly efforts around campus.

Wessex Hall is a picturesque location for student accomodation

Wessex Hall is a picturesque location for student accomodation [photo: Jamie Gostlow]

The Green Flag Award was established in 1996 to recognise and reward green spaces in England

The Green Flag Award was established in 1996 to recognise and reward green spaces in England

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