Since 2008, the University has been working with the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), to plan and monitor ecology and biodiversity at the University’s Sports Ground in Chiswick. These plans have now evolved and we are working to progress surveys and action plans for other areas across our campuses.

Some of the activities carried out to date at the sports ground include:

  • Installing  a ground source pump to limit the use of potable water for irrigating sports pitches
  • Creating a beekeeping apiary and collection of local honey
  • Work to eradicate Japanese Knotweed which has spread across the site (learn more about this invasive species from www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/wildlife/130079.aspx)
  • Creating of habitat stacks from the Knotweed stems – to encourage insects, birds and other wildlife
  • Planting a native species apple orchard by volunteers funded by a grant from The Mayor of London
  • Planting of around 400m of mixed native species hedgerows (over 2000 trees in total) by volunteers from the University and the local community funded by a grant from The Mayor of London
  • Removing  and replacing a number of trees that were dangerous and in decline
  • A commitment to replacing any trees which are removed with species which are native to the UK
  • Removing a number of Leylandii trees that are dangerous and offer little ecological value, these will be replaced with native species trees
  • The area adjacent to the boathouse has 2 wild plumb trees, a further 5 – 6 soft fruit trees will be planted here to enhance this area and provide habitat and food for wildlife
  • Introduction of a number of wildflower areas providing “habitat corridors” and encouraging butterflies and pollinating insects
  • Creating a community growing space in conjunction with Capital Growth

 

Annual Ecological Report for Chiswick 2011

Ecological Improvement at Chiswick 2008
To read or download the full appraisal click here if you require any further information or have any questions please contact Sports Ground Manager David Palmer

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