Headington and Harcourt campuses receive Green Flags for fifth year

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Green Flag Awards 2016

Two of Oxford Brookes’ campuses have received a Green Flag Award for the fifth year in a row.

The University’s Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses have been given the accolade after being judged as some of the best green spaces in the UK. 

The Green Flag Awards are given annually to green spaces throughout the country by Keep Britain Tidy – an environmental charity which works to reduce litter and encourage pride in the country. The locations are judged by a group of more than 700 green-space experts who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and asses them against eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. 

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Tom Williams, Grounds Manager, Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is just one of nine universities to have met the high standard needed to receive the Award.

Grounds Manager at Oxford Brookes, Tom Williams said: “I am delighted that Oxford Brookes has retained its Green Flag status for the Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

“Oxford Brookes is dedicated to ensuring that its green spaces help to make the University a better place to study, work and visit and this latest success acknowledges our effort to continue to achieve that vision. 

“I would like to thank every member of the grounds team who has helped maintain our beautiful outdoor spaces – it is their hard work that has led to this recognition.”

Green Flag Awards scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Oxford Brookes’ green spaces are open for everyone to explore and there are a number of free walks around the campus which can be enjoyed by staff, students and the community. Each of the walks aims to provide a way of increasing levels of fitness and a method of relaxing but also a chance to enjoy the landscape and scenery around the campuses away from the daily bustle of the University. Maps and directions for each health walk can be found on the Campus Health Walks webpages.