Brackenhurst Campus is a beautiful 200-hectare estate comprising formal gardens, farmland and woodland. Situated on the outskirts of the village of Southwell and set around a grand country house, which was built in 1828.
A vast array of wildlife co-exists with our staff and students making it an ideal outdoor classroom. You will find species and habitats such as the great crested newt, bats, birds, badgers, hares, ancient hedgerows, the Victorian Walled Garden (a listed Heritage site), and Sheepwalk's pond and Wildlife Hide (Wetland Conservation Area).
Webcams on campus enable the monitoring of such species and habitats bringing them to those of us not so lucky to work out there all year round.
Green Flag Status
In the summer of 2012, Brackenhurst Campus was awarded Green Flag status. This is a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. Brackenhurst Campus received its Green Flag along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regents Park, St James Park and the Green Park as well as the Arboretum in Nottingham city centre and NTU's Clifton Campus. The Campus was assessed against eight key criteria including:
- Cleanliness and Maintenance
- Health, Safety and Security
- Biodiversity, Landscape and Heritage
- Environmental Management
- Community Involvement
NTU is one of only 18 universities in the UK to have achieved this prestigious award for its grounds. For more information about the Green Flag Awards visit their website.
Further information about Brackenhurst Campus, future plans to help enhance biodiversity, manage the landscape and encourage community involvement can be found in the Brackenhurst Landscape Management Plan
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences have developed a series of walks around the estate. The walks are designed to open up the estate to NTU staff and students as well as members of the public, encouraging all to share its special features. Interpretation boards have been provided at key points around the estate and a number of suggested routes have been identified if visitors have a particular interest in certain features or wildlife.
The Flower Pod is a beautiful garden on campus run by Reach which is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire. It is social enterprise which provides day care and support to adults with learning disabilities as well as selling flowers. The project was established in 2012 and continues to grow. NTU staff and students can volunteer at the Flower Pod and Brackenhurst horticulture students are growing commercial quality products to be sold in hanging baskets.