Experiences of nature for benefit and enjoyment
The development of the green areas is also about providing new experiences of nature for the University’s 13,500 students and 6,000 employees.
“Outdoor campus premises must be beautiful and inviting, and create a setting for both academic and social activities and movement. The joy of experiencing nature and the positive effect of green surroundings on learning, well-being, and stress reduction are something that all people share regardless of age, gender, and background,” says Katja Engel Zepernick.
Still the possibility of recreation
The biodiversity guidelines have been developed so that the University’s original green structure and campus identity are preserved. In this connection, species diversity on DTU Lyngby Campus has been measured and assessed as moderate.
“The dream scenario where the vegetation develops naturally and dynamically without any interference is not possible on a campus where the green areas also serve as recreation or path areas. Here, it’s still necessary to mow the grass and prune trees and shrubs,” says Tom Nordbo Andreassen, who is in charge of the management of DTU’s green areas.
The campus provides a setting for the everyday life of staff and students, but it is also a large university park where the University’s neighbours can go for a run, walk their dog, do sports or gain insight into university life.
“A grassy area left untouched may well appear neglected, but by mowing the grass in areas for recreation and paths, as well as keeping the edges at roads, paths, or pavements well trimmed and mowed, we show that someone is looking after and caring for the green areas. It makes people feel safe and welcome,” he elaborates.