Environmental Management

In order to protect our countryside and maintain the biodiversity of our environment, effective management is required.

With natural habitats coming under increasing pressure from development, research that is grounded in environmental monitoring is becoming key to their protection, while knowledge about the vital role trees play in sustaining the health of the natural environment is increasing all the time.

A number of our staff have particular interests in the conservation and protection of our natural environment, with previous activity focusing on the water treatment potential of reed beds and the protection of woodland habitats that have been used heavily for recreation.

With access to our 450-hectare estate that incorporates a range of habitats, the college has also recently established a number of tree trial plots to assess the influence of water availability on tree establishment, which is of particular interest in the context of new woodland development and changing land use priorities.