University of Exeter Grounds

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United Kingdom - Devon - Exeter

Institution Code: EXR

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

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About the University of Exeter Grounds

The University of Exeter's Streatham Campus of 141 hectares including 10,000 mature trees is acknowledged at the most beautiful and botanically interesting of an UK University. Streatham Campus is described by The Times as the "best gardened campus in Britain" and by The Independent as having a "sublime" setting.

The work of the Grounds staff includes the care of specialist plant collections; botanical specimen propagation;tree and arboricultural works; pot and bedding plant production; football, hockey, rugby, lacrosse, cricket and tennis playing surface maintenance and award winning floral decoration works.

The campus holds the National Collection of Azara (a South American semi-evergreen shrub).

The original planting on campus dates back to the 19th century, when the grounds were laid out by the Veitch family of nurserymen.

Main Address:
University of Exeter Grounds
Streatham Farm, Prince of Wales Road
Devon EX4 4PX United Kingdom

Telephone: 01392 725531
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: The Director of Grounds
    Curator's Name: Grounds Administrator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Grounds Administrator
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 31
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1922
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 141 Hectares
    Latitude: 50.735262
    Longitude: -3.537531
    Annual Rainfall: 750 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus
  • Local Address: Heavitree Road
  • Locality: City: Exeter
  • Locality: State: Devon

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 12
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 10
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 5416
  • Special Collections:Flacourtiaceae, Pinaceae, Ericaceae, Liliaceae, Leguminosae, Rosaceae, Compositae, Labiatae, Gramineae, Saxifragaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Cupressaceae, Cactaceae, Rutaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Ranunculaceae, Oleaceae, Iridaceae, Cruciferae, Scrophulariaceae

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes