Vote now for Wivenhoe Park

Help celebrate our amazing Colchester Campus and the team that maintains it.

  • Date

    Wed 4 Nov 20

This November we can celebrate our amazing Colchester campus by voting in the People’s Choice Awards.

Voting is now open in the Green Flag People's Choice Awards, the annual poll to find the UK's top ten publicly-accessible green spaces.

Wivenhoe Park has consistently finished in the top ten in recent years and is the only university campus to achieve this honour.

With three lakes, 2800 trees, car-free jogging routes and 40 acres of sports fields, our 220 acre Colchester campus really does have something for everyone.

Tree lovers are particularly well catered for. Our Tree Walk offers two guided walking routes and The Wivenhoe Park Millennium Oaks Collection includes over 20 different species.

Wivenhoe House’s history stretches back to 1759 when Isaac Rebow asked Thomas Reynolds to build him a mansion house. 

The park itself was designed by Richard Woods and was remodelled in 1846-7 by T. Hopper. In 1816, Major-General Francis Slater Rebow commissioned John Constable to paint the park. Constable's masterpiece now hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Today, Wivenhoe Park is home to the University of Essex, and the parkland provides a vital resource to staff, students and the local community. The University is the home of Green Exercise - we coined the term in 2003 - and visitors can enjoy the many positive effects of exercising in nature. While our social media star, Campus Cat, might not venture much beyond the campus' main squares, the parkland is home to squirrels, ducks, geese, woodpeckers, herons, cormorants and, occasionally, a kingfisher and a pair of Muntjac deer.

This year, Wivenhoe Park retained its Green Flag Award for the fourth year running, recognising the great work of our Grounds Team. Green Flag Award winners have the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Voting closes on 25 November.

Vote now for Wivenhoe Park!