Green space will help increase biodiversity on the campus
A tranquil new green space has been officially opened at the heart of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston campus.
The Foster Garden will be one of many projects that form part of a central theme of the University’s £200 million Masterplan to increase the number of green spaces across the campus.
A mini summer garden party was held to mark the occasion and children from the on-campus Pre-School Centre were some of its first visitors.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Ahern said:
Our Masterplan is based on the principle that spaces between the buildings are as important as the buildings themselves. We want to create biodiverse spaces that are green, accessible and there for the enjoyment of the students, staff and the public. It’s critical we provide green space which is crucial for health and wellbeing.
Saskia Holt, Joint Officer in charge of the Pre-School Centre added:
It’s fantastic to see the transformation which has turned this space into a beautiful garden. I can see it being very popular with students, staff, visitors and of course the children in our pre-school centre.
The University has been highly ranked in the People and Planet Green League of Universities for a number of years because of its commitment to continually improving its environment.
Proposed changes in the Masterplan to the campus landscape also include increasing the number of trees from 450 to over 700 across the University’s estate.