Coventry University achieves Green Flag International Award for 10th year running

A female student sitting on a bench surrounded by plants and vegetables in Coventry University's edible garden

A student sitting in Coventry University's edible garden

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Wednesday 19 July 2023

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Coventry University has achieved the coveted Green Flag International Award for 2023 for its city centre campus for the 10th year in a row.

The university has been handed the accolade - the international quality mark for parks and green spaces – ever year since 2014 and this year’s triumph comes after an assessment of its landscape plan and a site inspection judging on almost 30 separate criteria.

The campus boasts eye-catching outdoor spaces such as Starley Gardens, home to the Tree of Hands sculpture which could soon become a permanent fixture, and our edible garden near to The Hub, while the Alan Berry building has been demolished to make way for a public green space, events area and garden, while offering an uninterrupted view of Coventry Cathedral from the university’s Arts and Humanities facilities in the new Delia Derbyshire Building on Cox Street.

We are delighted to add yet another Green Flag to our long list of awards. We have been developing our city centre campus to provide more open green spaces as we are very aware we share the city centre with the people of Coventry.

Those spaces are used by and benefit students, staff and the people who live in, work in and visit Coventry – something we are very proud of as a university that is at the heart of the community.

Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University Vice-Chancellor

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the UK and around the world.

I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Coventry University in achieving a Green Flag Award.

The university’s city campus is a vital green space for the community in Coventry, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.

Paul Todd MBE, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager

Find out more about the university’s biodiversity on campus.