December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The University of East Anglia has been recognised for one of its unique approaches to sustainability.
UEA has been short-listed in the facilities and services category in the Green Gown Awards, which recognises sustainability initiatives by universities and colleges, for introducing cattle to the campus to help conservation on its land.
In summer 2012 four highland cows, Delia, Cecily, Chocolate and Cornflower, along with Chocolate’s new calf, were loaned by a local farmer and supported by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
UEA grounds manager Oliver Deeming said: “Cows are a much cheaper way of clearing the land than manpower. It would have taken ten times as long to clear the cut grass by hand. They are also improving biodiversity by grazing the land to differing heights, thereby diversifying the range of plants growing in the area”.
The awards ceremony takes place in November, hosted by Prof Iain Stewart.