Clifton Campus

Clifton Campus is located approximately four miles south of Nottingham city centre on the outskirts of Clifton Village. The campus comprises 32 hectares of land in an enclosed campus environment. 

Although it is not as immediately obvious as Brackenhurst Campus, Clifton Campus has a lot of green space within its 32 hectares for our students, staff and visitors to enjoy. A Green Zone PDF icon has been introduced to protect Clifton's green spaces in the heart of the Campus.

Clifton Nature Trail 

Nine information boards have been installed to guide students, staff and the public around the trail. The boards are filled with information about Clifton Campus and its surroundings including its biodiversity, history and community activities carried out on campus.

Start at the Observatory and make your way around the trail directed by the information boards. Each information board has a different theme with useful information to help you identify the wildlife around you. Use the QR codes to bring you back to this web page where you can use the following links to enhance your experience of the trail:

  • Wild About Gardens – a joint partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society and the Wildlife Trusts providing guidance on identifying trees, plants and wildlife.
  • RSPB Bird Identifier and Bird Song Generator - if you see or hear any birds while walking around campus and you're not sure what it is this website can help! The site is packed full of information on birds and wildlife as well as things to do in your local area.
  • The Woodland Trust – this website gives an insight into why woodlands and green space are so important, what is happening to protect trees in the UK and how you too can become involved.
  • Wildlife in the City – this is a new project at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, supported by Nottingham City Council. It encourages people to get out and about and discover the wildlife and nature on your doorstep.  They have a dedicated section all about wild places and green spaces in Clifton and how you can find out more about wildlife in the city.

Foodshare Allotment

Established in the 2014/15 academic year, NTU’s Foodshare project is located in the gardens of Peverell Halls. A joint venture between NTU, UPP Ltd, NTSU and Nourish Associates, the project is designed to teach NTU students and staff about growing their own food in an environmentally friendly manner. Staff and student volunteers can try the produce as they harvest and take some home. At least half is donated to local charities for their use within the local community. Sessions run every Wednesday during term-time 1-3pm and everyone is welcome to come and have a go under the supervision of a professional gardener. Staff can use their allocated volunteering hours at the allotment and students can count their time spent volunteering towards their HEAR. Over the summer, we invite members of the local community to volunteer at the allotment. During the summer of 2017/18, this included a regular group from Nottingham Women’s Institute and local Clifton residents. Some Forest Schools and degree courses also make use of the allotment.

Green Flag Status

Since the summer of 2012, Clifton Campus has been awarded the Green Flag status. This is a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. Clifton Campus received its Green Flag along with other notable green spaces such as Buckingham Palace Garden and Hyde Park in London as well as the Arboretum in Nottingham city centre. The Campus was assessed against eight key criteria including:

  • Cleanliness and Maintenance
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Biodiversity, Landscape and Heritage
  • Environmental Management 
  • Community Involvement

Clifton is one of only eighteen university campuses in the UK to achieved this prestigious award for its grounds. For more information, visit the Green Flag Awards website

Further information about Clifton Campus, future plans to help enhance biodiversity, manage the landscape and encourage community involvement can be found in the Clifton Landscape Management Plan PDF icon



Clifton campus biodiversity
Green Flag Award
honey bee on flower
Ladybirds on leaves
Meadow flowers