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Sustainability at Brackenhurst Campus

Brackenhurst Campus is at the heart of the university’s Embracing Sustainability strategy. With a vast array of wildlife, and acres of green space, it’s the ideal outdoor classroom. This campus has been awarded a Green Flag since 2012.


A vast array of wildlife co-exists with our staff and students at Brackenhurst campus, forming the ideal outdoor classroom. You'll 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, allowing us to learn more about their behaviour.

Brackenhurst walks

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES) 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.

Flower Pod

The Flower Pod is a beautiful garden on campus run by Reach, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire. It is a social enterprise that 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.

Animal Unit

The NTU animal unit houses over 200 animals from 61 species, providing the ideal environment for the study of companion animals, reptiles, birds, fish and other small animals.