The Grounds and Clean Team at Lancaster University is responsible for maintaining a number of the distinctive elements of the Campus. The general maintenance of the campus landscape, encompasses all grassed and shrub areas, paths and hedges, trees and woodland margins, and areas of water including Lake Carter. The second major area of maintenance is of grass and synthetic sports surfaces. The Clean Teams role is to ensure that the campus is clean as possible by removing litter, sweeping both perimeter and inner roads, emptying bins and sweeping all hard paved areas. The present establishment for both sections is 12 staff; this includes 8 Grounds Staff, including the Grounds Supervisor and 4 Clean Team Operatives.
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- Download the University's Snow & Ice Procedures
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The University Estate
The University estate is 360 acres (145,6868mē) in size and half of this area is utilised by buildings, roads and other hard surfaces such as footpaths and car parks. This still leaves a great deal for the Team to maintain. However there are certain areas and tasks surrounding some of the more recent property developments that are the responsibility of University Private Partnership (UPP). Please note that UPP landscape features are not evaluated here.
The University Grounds & Clean Team is responsible for the maintenance of the majority of the campus landscape, this includes:
- Around 390,000 m2 of grass to cut at various frequencies
- 278,000 m2 of established and new woodland to monitor and maintain
- 4,000 m2 of shrub beds to tend
- 4,000 m2 of both natural and formal hedge to keep trimmed
- 108 refuse bins and 40 recycling units to empty on a daily basis
- 84,000 m2 of hard surfaced areas to sweep on a daily basis
Trees are a major feature of the landscape at Lancaster and, particularly through the winter months the section's work is taken up with their maintenance, whether this is pruning or simply collecting the huge volume of leaf litter deposited by them annually. In 2008 a campus wide tree survey was undertaken to primarily report on condition. This has been used to formulate a 5 year maintenance plan 2010-2015 for the tree stock. This visual survey is repeated on an annual basis.
The lake is a very important feature of the campus. Its total surface area is now over 6,500 m2 with a capacity of 7,800m3 (2 million gallons) of water. It is the responsibility of the Grounds Section to maintain the lake and improve its currently stressed eco-system.
The University has around 12.5 acres of grass sports fields, comprising 6 football pitches and 2 rugby pitches, and two synthetic pitches used for both football and hockey. The Grounds Team also regularly visit the Boathouse in Lancaster to maintain the surroundings, as well as work to the off ampus residencies Chancellors Wharf also in the City.
An important aspect of Grounds Section work is that of winter snow clearing and gritting. During the winter months, the staff of the section are formed into teams on a rota basis that attend early in the morning to spread rock salt when snow or frost is forecast.
Any issues or requests relating to the Grounds should be entered on Planon or directed through the Helpdesk.