The Lawn is one of the delights of the campus. Students and visitors are always surprised to find this tranquil haven so close to the centre of the campus. The Lawn that you see today is a remnant of the 18th century pleasure gardens of Riccarton House, now much simplified in layout and landscape maintenance.
The areas surrounding the Lawn are botanically very interesting, with a very high number of small growing plant species present. The bank of rhododendrons on the north side of the Lawn forms a stunning backdrop to the lawns in early summer.
One of the highlights of the University year is the garden party after the graduation ceremony which takes place on the Lawn in July, leaving students with a rich memory of their time in Riccarton.
The Tree Trail links a fascinating collection of historic trees.
The Lawn is also part of our Heritage Trail.
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