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Green Space

The McMaster University Campus contains about 5,000 trees, excluding woodland property, which means that there are about 0.004 trees per square metres! However, there is always room to improve. McMaster hopes to increase and improve upon the existing amount of green space. Please click on the information tab to learn more.


McMaster Teaching & Community Garden

The McMaster Teaching & Community Garden (MTCG) is back in action and is flourishing more than ever! Stay tuned to see the progress this summer!

The garden is located on the north side of the General Science Building (GSB) across from the Refectory and Bridges Café. The design features two raised planting beds, two street level beds, and permeable paving pathways. The garden is next to the GSB outdoor classroom, allowing it to be used as a working “lab” by faculty and students.

The McMaster Teaching & Community Garden is a University sustainability initiative with the objective of facilitating local food production while providing teaching and learning opportunities and engaging the McMaster and greater Hamilton community. The MTCG is the product of collaboration between McMaster’s Integrated Science (iSci) Program and the Office of Sustainability. The ongoing success of the MTCG is a result of the outstanding contributions from countless students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community who have supported its growth and development.

Campus Grounds

McMaster’s outstanding grounds, situated adjacent to Cootes Paradise Wetlands and the Royal Botanical Gardens in the Niagara Escarpment, is a key factor in attracting students, staff, and visitors to campus.

Facilities Services’ Grounds Department is responsible for providing quality grounds management of approximately 300 acres of campus including landscape design, turf maintenance, floral displays, forestry, special event set-up, litter control, and winter control operations. Full-time staff, augmented by student gardeners and contracted services perform both ongoing landscape maintenance activities as well as landscape construction projects. Grounds staff is proud to be honoured with the 2006 President’s Award of Excellence for outstanding service to the University. Click here to view Grounds service level standards.

Sustainability is a focus of management of the campus, with stewardship of natural lands, forest, watershed and the urban landscape of primary concern. A haven of diverse ecosystems and wildlife, McMaster’s abundant natural lands provide a unique university setting, and opportunity for study.

Public safety is also a primary concern, with attention paid to creating year-round safe, accessible roadways, paths and open spaces for the campus community. The Campus Master Plan emphasizes the creation of areas of “compelling spaces”, where people work, play, study and relax. McMaster campus showcases a dynamic blend of vibrant, functional public spaces with many intimate, creative outdoor spaces for people to connect.

Our grounds are renowned for their excellence in horticultural displays, which is a favorite attribute mentioned by summer conference visitors. McMaster is truly a year round campus jewel.