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Sustainability at Clifton Campus

With 32 hectares of green space, Clifton Campus is the perfect environment for students, colleagues and visitors to enjoy. The campus has been awarded the Green Flag since 2012, and features a number of sustainable initiatives to drive forward our Embracing, Sustainability strategy.

A Green Zone has been introduced to protect Clifton's green spaces at the heart of the Campus.

Clifton Nature Trail

A series of information boards have been installed to guide students, staff and the public around the Clifton Nature Trail. These are filled with knowledge about Clifton Campus and its surroundings including its biodiversity, history and community activities carried out on campus.

If you're planning to pay a visit, start at the observatory and make your way around the trail directed by the information boards. Each one has a different theme with useful information to help you identify the wildlife around you. You can use the following links to enhance your experience of the trail:

  • Wild About Gardens - a 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 local project 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

picture of NTU foodshare allotment

Established in the 2014/15 academic year, our Foodshare project is located in the gardens of Peverell Halls. A joint venture between NTU, UPP Ltd, NTSU and Nourish Associates, it is designed to teach NTU students and colleagues 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 – 3 pm, 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.

Some Forest Schools and degree courses also make use of the allotment.