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Landscape Services

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The sunken garden

Landscape Services section maintain and develop a high quality and bio-diverse landscape environment for the University, in a professional efficient and cost effective manner to enable the University to fulfil its active natural environmental sustainability objectives. Set in 380 acres of beautiful green parkland, Heriot-Watt campus has a rich variety of wildlife, art and history to explore. The campus contains historic gardens, woodland, sloping lawns and a loch.

The Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus at Riccarton has been developed since 1968 and from the outset, the development has been carefully considered so as to protect and enhance the historic landscape. In 2000, a long-term Master-plan for Riccarton was prepared by Landscape Architects Weddle Landscape Design.

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Exploring the Campus

Get some exercise and discover the numerous hidden gems of the campus with our self-guided campus walks. These can be found in the campus booklet available at reception.

You can view the self-guided campus walks display board.

Site Conservation Committee

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Landscape team

The University has a long established Site Conservation Committee, which consider all aspects of the landscape development, conservation, wildlife, maintenance and management. This innovative approach allows the wider University community to contribute through the committee on landscape development and management.

What we do

The Landscape Services Section carry out all the landscape maintenance and development tasks on the campus. During the winter months we are also responsible for snow and ice clearance on the Campus.

You can view the Landscape Management Display Board.