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Vertas enrols in university grounds and landscaping deal

Integrated facilities management firm, Vertas, has been appointed as the new Grounds and Landscaping services partner at the University of Suffolk.

The University’s green spaces make up a large part of the campus footprint as well as forming an integrated part of the wider Ipswich environment. Over the coming years the University will be developing the campus environment with partners and student volunteers to extend pollinator pathways, restore the wildflower meadow, and maintain and create spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Vertas will join the university to help implement its landscaping, maintenance and biodiversity programme.

Karen Burrowes, Vertas’ Operations Director, commented: “We are very excited to be partnering with The University of Suffolk in the delivery of their Grounds maintenance services. At Vertas, our Grounds teams and colleagues have a real passion for supporting improved biodiversity across the country at the locations we service, and we are really looking forward to supporting the University’s aims, alongside our own in providing a first class and environmentally supportive service that the students, University, and county can be proud of.”

Head of Sustainability at the University of Suffolk, Justine Oakes, said: “We’re delighted to start this new collaboration with Vertas. Natural capital has a valued management emphasis within our estate strategy and operations; through an improvement programme that seeks to address urban biodiversity loss, whilst additionally educating and creating research opportunities for a deeper understanding on the impact of restorative nature benefits on nature itself, campus health and wellbeing and climate resilience.”

Vertas currently provides experienced grounds and landscaping services to over 220 schools, churches, care homes, leisure centres and other organisations across East Anglia and the East Midlands.

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