UCC grounds staff work under the direction of the Estates Manager, Barrie Curley. The team consists of:
John Murphy – Grounds Foreman
Pat Hallinan – Grounds Operative
Noreen O’ Sullivan – Grounds Operative
Ger Creedon – Grounds Operative
Care for the environment is at the core of how the Estates grounds staff carry out their day to day activities. Here are just some of the greening activities undertaken by the Grounds staff in recent years
- Obtained new mowers to mulch the grass back into the soil.
- Battery tools have been bought replacing petrol models.
- A new Electric Vehicle was purchased to replace a tractor and trailer.
- An interactive map of the significant trees has been developed and made available online.
- Tree Planting Schedule for the next 5 years is underway with 72 new Trees planted in the past few years and more to be planted this year.
- Every Tree on Campus now undergoes a yearly survey, with all surveys available online.
- The grounds staff use an environmentally friendly fuel in their motorised tools where by the containers are recyclable and the petrol is free from benzene and hydrocarbons.
- A companion planting scheme keeps Aphids at bay naturally and encourages wildlife into the college environs e.g. butterflies, hoverflies, etc.
- A native planting scheme comprising of native trees and shrubs which will encourage birds, insects and wildlife into the college.
- A contract for weed eradication on campus, using the most environmentally friendly system, is in place.
- Any leftover grounds waste is composted onsite to be reused on campus green areas.
- An extensive knotweed eradication programme, utilising international best practice techniques, is in place.
- Air Spade work has been carried out on Specimen Trees
- Biodiversity training has been provided to all grounds staff.
- The Gaol Cross Entrance to UCC was redeveloped and enhanced to create a more natural and biodiversity enriched landscape area leading into the main campus. A number of measures were taken including transforming one area into a native wildflower meadow, clearance of introduced species from another, and developing a ‘rain garden’ or biofiltration area using low maintenance planting to attenuate and filter rain water from the roof of the West Gate Lodge. [‘A rain garden is a planted depression or a feature swale that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas such as roofs, walkways etc. reducing rainwater runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters. They also improve water quality in nearby bodies of water’].
- A wildflower meadow has been planted outside the O’Rahilly Building.
- Swift boxes were installed in North mall, complete with Cameras and calling tape (April 2014).
- Bat Boxes are in the process of being installed in appropriate areas across campus.