Nottingham University - Highfields Campus
w/e 15 April 2012
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We have visited Highfields Park and the University campus several times previously including a walk around the lake in 2006 followed by two visits to view the Millennium Garden in 2010 and the Walled Garden at Highfield's House in 2011. There are still many more gardens and open areas on the campus worth seeing but for this visit we limited ourselves to the eastern section (campus map). This is probably the most built up area of the whole campus but there are still plenty of landscaped vistas to be enjoyed.

Portland Copse

We entered the University grounds via the South Entrance and followed the road up Portland Hill towards the Portland and Trent Buildings that overlook Highfields Park and the lake. The wooded area down by the lakeside is called the Portland Copse.
Colourful Border

Turning right before reaching the Portland Building we continued up the hill towards our first objective, the Old Botanic Garden which occupies a corner plot and is marked by a colourful border.
The View South

From within the Old Botanic Garden there are intermittent views through the trees and hedges over the green roof of the Lakeside Arts Centre to southern part of Nottingham.
Old Botanic Garden

The Old Botanic Garden is a quiet retreat and originally had formal beds representative of the Plant Kingdom although it no longer serves as the same teaching function as it did previously when botany was taught in a more traditional way. Although the garden has been simplified and replanted over the years it still contains some unusual trees and shrubs.
Vale of Tears

Keighton AuditoriumKeighton AuditoriumLeaving the Old Botanic Garden we followed the road past the Keighton Auditorium (left & right). I suppose it's a matter of opinion but I found the unusual shape of the building quite unobtrusive but admit its architectural style might not be to everyone's taste. The area opposite is known as the Vale of Tears as it contains a collection of weeping trees including specimens of birch, ash, willow and beech.
Chemistry Courtyard

We left the road and weaved through the buildings to seek out the Chemistry Courtyard which is surrounded by buildings of a more uniform shape than the Auditorium. There are a number of water features on the campus and among them "three bubbling fountains set amongst boulders" are listed as being in this courtyard. Unfortunately they are either very well hidden or have subsequently been removed.
Flower Beds

Undeterred we headed for the North Entrance where we were treated to some of the formal flower beds that adorn the site at various points. The beds at the North Entrance are backed by a border of shrubs, bamboos and grasses that enhance the area all year long and not just when the spring flowers and bedding plants add their bright colours.
North Entrance

Rocks and boulders also feature in the display but occupants of passing vehicles have their view restricted by gates (left) bearing a plaque that reads: "These gates were erected to the memory of Sir William Crane Member of Court and Council of this University 1914 - 1959 Pro-Chancellor 1954 - 1959." We left this area via a flight of steps (right) and headed for the East Entrance.
Three Pools

Again wending our way between the buildings through what is probably one of the least picturesque parts of the campus we reached a corridor of land between the busy Clifton Boulevard and the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences outside of which we came across one of the water features on our list of places to find. According to the free guide available from the gate houses at the campus entrances this consists of "three pools with cascades and a fountain."
Geyser Fountain

Another "formal pond with a geyser fountain" is situated near the East Entrance. Across Clifton Boulevard is the University's Medical School which forms part of the Queen's Medical Centre complex or to give it its full title, the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Queen's Medical Centre. No wonder therefore that it is usually abbreviated to the QMC!

From here we made our way back along Science Road to the car park at the South Entrance which means that we have left many more places to explore on the University campus at a later date.

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