Working in Nature Day

“I never thought people would enjoy walking through the woods with a pick-up stick, picking up rubbish.” Hans de Jong, area development advisor at Utrecht University’s Corporate Real Estate & Campus department, beams when he talks about the Working in Nature Day that he and his colleague Leunie van Zwieten organised in October 2018.

Hans de Jong, area development advisor

In addition to picking up plastic, some 10,000 snowdrops were planted, a bee hotel and a wooded embankment built, brambles cleared and rubbish picked up.

The afternoon, in which around 60 Utrecht University employees participated, focused on the Nightingale Grove. This is a small, publicly accessible wood next to the Botanical Gardens at the Utrecht Science Park. This special place, which takes its name from the nightingale that used to live there, has been a forest for hundreds of years in an area that was originally marshland.

In addition to conserving nature and the surroundings, the Working in Nature Day is a fun way for Utrecht University staff to participate in the University's efforts to make the campus greener.