What will happen to the daffodil bulbs on Leek Road?

QUESTION:
Can you tell me what has happened to all the daffodil bulbs that were on the mounds that have been flattened on Leek Road to make way for the landscaping? There are still some daffodils on the last remaining mound, can staff have some before these are flattened?

 
ANSWER:
The Grounds team is working closely with the landscaping contractors to make sure that the daffodil bulbs are retrieved where possible so that they can be enjoyed elsewhere on campus.

Will dangerous tree stumps be tidied up?

QUESTION:
Over by the Ashley building there is a grass embankment between the road and the Law building on the other side where they cut down the trees which were along the ridge. However, a lot of these were left without a ‘clean cut’ across the trunks so there are many which have quite substantial ‘spikes’ sticking up from what is left of the trunks. Are there any plans to tidy these up? I’m sure they must be considered as dangerous – apart from being a real eyesore.

 
ANSWER:
The work on the embankment referred to was being undertaken by the Landscaping Project team, AA projects.
All tree root stumps have now been removed (grubbed-up) as part of the Contract Works – thank you.

Why are more trees being cut down?

QUESTION:
I am just watching more really established trees being cut down on College Road…why is this? Just because they are in the ‘wrong’ place?

I know more are going to be planted, but surely there is no need to clear out all the trees that don’t fit the plan.

 
ANSWER:
Three trees have been removed close to the College Rd car park entrance by our University Grounds team. Two of these trees were dead and another showed signs of disease. We will be replacing these trees with a more suitable species that doesn’t carry the same disease risk, as we recognise the importance of trees to our environment.

Could the Beaconside Campus exit be improved?

QUESTION:
With the recent talk of improving both campuses, has any thought been given to improving the exit from Beaconside Campus?
Could an exit be added down past the Nelson Library?

 
ANSWER:
There are no current plans to carry out modifications to the exit from the Stafford Campus. Whilst potentially feasible, other routes would impinge upon the pedestrianisation in place between the Octagon, Nelson Library and Beaconside with its benefits of improving the general amenity and pedestrian safety.

Are rabbits being culled on campus?

QUESTION:
I understand that the rabbits which live wild on campus are being culled, by being shot. Can you confirm or deny this, and explain further please?

 

ANSWER:
Unfortunately the university does have a high number of rabbits on campus which cause problems with our estates and landscaping. The University therefore has a contract with a pest control company to control the rabbit population on our campuses, particularly in Stafford.

This does involve shooting at certain times of the year and this is undertaken humanely, with appropriate signage and with the knowledge of the Police.

Will the felled trees on Leek Road be replaced?

QUESTION:
Along Leek Road where the new car park has been built, a lot of lovely trees have been felled. Will new trees replace them? As the new car park has supposedly been landscaped, but along Leek Road it looks quite bare without the trees.
ANSWER:
We have had to remove some trees to enable the progress of the landscaping project, which is set to transform the campus. By the end of the project, we will have planted significantly more trees than we have had to remove. The project is being completed in phases and there is still much work planned for Leek Rd.

Why have the trees outside Flaxman been cut down?

QUESTION:
Do you have any idea why the trees outside the Film Theatre have been cut down?  I thought we were trying to endeavour to have a “green Campus”.

 
ANSWER:
We have had to remove some trees to enable the progress of the landscaping project, which is set to transform the campus. By the end of the project, we will have planted significantly more trees than we have had to remove.

Why has the hedge on College Road been dug up?

QUESTION:

Was it ‘green‘ to dig up the hedge separating the car park from college road ?  Do four trees make up for an evergreen hedge?

 

ANSWER:

The hedge was removed because it was harbouring rats as a result of people throwing paper and food away after visiting the Fish and Chip Shop/Sandwich Shop. Trees have been planted to reduce the opportunity for litter build-up in the future.

Can we protect the ‘green walls’ on campus please?

Question:

Is it possible to have fixed wooden barriers in front of the ‘Green Wall’ in the Cadman Courtyard on College Road Campus, to prevent staff/students from parking their cars in front of it and also to prevent Browns from putting their skips in front of it please?  I have just spoken to the chap who waters the plants there and he has told me that a lot of the plants are dying off because they did not get enough light due to it being blocked by cars and skips.  These plants, not to mention the metal framework, have cost a lot of money and it is such a shame if this is all for nothing.

I did put a couple of plastic bollards out to prevent cars etc from parking there but these have ‘vanished’ therefore nothing but permanent fixtures that cannot be moved would do the trick.

Answer:

We will be taking other measures to prevent cars from parking in front of the wall and we will ensure that Browns do not leave their skips in inappropriate locations including near to this green wall.

We have a number of new green walls being installed in the landscaping project at the rear of the Henrion building so we will also be vigilant in ensuring that they remain unobstructed when they are completed later in October.