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Whiteknights campus recieves fifth green flag award Credit: University website

Whiteknights campus receives fifth Green Flag Award

The University of Reading has been awarded the Green Flag after being voted one of the best green spaces in the country for the fifth consecutive year. 

The award shows visitors that the campus is well maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

The Green Flag Award scheme is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

It is clear to see that the University Grounds staff work hard to preserve the campus as there is always maintenance going on around the university.

Final year student Penny Lomax comments: “I admit that I was often irritated by the noise of the lawnmowers in my first year since I was living on campus, but now I really appreciate it.”

She continues: “I am proud to be able to call it my campus.”

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning and Resource, said: “We are delighted to have gained a Green Flag Award for the fifth year running. Our attractive grounds continue to be a factor which differentiates Reading from our competitors.

“Recent student satisfaction surveys have highlighted the fact that the ‘attractive campus environment’ is a key factor in undergraduates choosing to study at Reading.”

As an undergraduate, I remember being incredibly impressed by the green campus, and even as a third year student I still love walking to and from lectures.

The award also highlights the University’s environmental and sustainability initiatives – green waste recycling and composting, energy conservation and carbon reduction targets, biodiversity initiatives such as woodland management, and car-sharing and green travel schemes.

A ceremony to hoist the Green Flag over the campus will take place in the next few weeks to celebrate our beautiful grounds.

Whiteknights campus has once again made us proud students.

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