Reading’s Whiteknights is best green space

Reading voted best university green space in the UK for the fifth year running

The University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus has been voted among the best and most popular green spaces in the UK for the fifth year.

Whiteknights, which is made up of 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, comes number seven out of almost 1,500 green spaces entered into the 2015 Green Flag People’s Choice Award and remains the only university campus in the top 10.

All Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces were entered into the annual poll, and the public were asked to vote for their favourite.

The University received its fifth Green Flag Award earlier this year in recognition of its well-maintained and well-managed campus.

Among the most attractive parts of the campus is the Harris Garden, which has an orchard, woodland area, wildflower meadow, fruit trees and a circle of 20 beautiful Japanese cherry blossom trees, covering approximately five hectares.

Many unusual, old, and beautiful trees can be found throughout the Whiteknights campus. Over 25 different species are on site, including Cretan Maples, Wellingtonia and Mirbeck Oaks.

Whiteknights Lake, home to many species of plants and wildlife, also sits at the heart of the Whiteknights parkland

University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, said: “We are lucky to have this beautiful landscape as our campus – it certainly sets Reading apart from other universities around the country.

“It is a fantastic achievement to remain in the top 10 green spaces in the UK and I would like to thank all those who voted for us. My huge appreciation also goes to the University’s grounds and facilities maintenance team, who work hard all year round to keep the campus looking great.”