Grounds Maintenance

Key Contacts

Gordon Eastham

Grounds Maintenance Manager

Chris Sockett

Zone Manager Grounds and External

Trevor Boddison

Zone Manager Sports and External

Landscape Management Plan

Click here to view our five year Landscape Management Plan for 2019-25.

University Grounds Section maintains Green Flag status for 2017/18

For the sixth year running the University campus has achieved Green Flag status

Campus Tree Trail

Click here to view our Campus Tree Trail (PDF opens in new window/tab)

Campus East Nature Walk

Click here to view our Campus East Nature Walk (PDF opens in new window/tab)


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust corporate supporter 2015

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The University has also recently become a corporate member of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. In becoming a member the University is helping the trust to protect wildlife across the county. The benefits to the University include:

  • Multiple copies of Wildlife Yorkshire magazine (see link below to online magazine)
  • Invitations to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust events
  • Membership discounts for staff
  • Discounted rates for corporate work days
  • Branding materials to demonstrate the University’s support
  • Presentation to staff about the work of the trust
  • Press releases supporting our partnership

What we do

University grounds

Grounds maintenance and landscaping – maintaining soft landscape features across the University campus, the King’s Manor and other outlying properties:

  • Grassed areas
  • Shrub and herbaceous borders
  • Hedges
  • Tree management
  • Leaf collection
  • Weed control
  • Lakes, water courses and wildfowl
  • Landscaping
  • Snow clearing and gritting
University playing fields

Sports fields maintenance – maintaining 40 acres of grass sports pitches and several artificial sports surfaces, which are used for:.

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
Cleansing and recycling

External cleansing and recycling – keeping the external environment clean and assisting in the University's Waste Management Strategy:

  • Servicing external litter and cigarette bins
  • Road and path sweeping
  • Transporting waste bins to and from collection points
  • Campus wide collections of items for disposal – broken furniture, waste electrical goods and scrap metal
  • Cleaning bin bays, cycle stores and bus shelters
  • Graffiti removal