New gardens will help increase bio-diversity on the campus
A former neglected space on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) campus will be the focus of a new garden as part of the University’s aim to increase the number of green spaces across its campus.
The garden will be situated adjacent to the new Foster Social Space, which is one of two £8.15 million spaces that have been recently built as part of UCLan’s £200 million Masterplan.
A key aim of the Masterplan is to improve access to previously unused spaces and provide areas that have a variety of uses such as civic gatherings, temporary installations, outdoor meetings or places in which to relax.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Ahern said: “Our Masterplan is based on the principle that spaces between the buildings are as important as the building themselves. We want to create biodiverse spaces that are green, accessible and there for the enjoyment of the students, staff and the public.
“The University has been highly ranked in the People and Planet Green League of Universities for a number of years because of our commitment to continually improving our environment. It’s critical we provide green space which is crucial for health and wellbeing.”
Proposed changes to the campus landscape also include increasing the number of trees from 450 to over 700 across the University’s estate.