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Greenhouse facilities

Greenhouse facilities

In 2010 we replaced our existing glasshouses at the Hatherly Building at Streatham campus with a new purpose-built building. This has a footprint of 375 m2 divided into three compartments, with independent climate control, supplemental lighting and over 100m2 of bench space, completely automated. The three compartments provide conditions for the growth of tropical and temperate crop plants for research.

Research and teaching

With a total footprint of 375m2, of which 35mis dedicated to and designed for the growth of plant requiring higher standards of containment, the greenhouse facilities meet a large variety of research needs. The greenhouse facilities supports research based around Cellular and Chemical Biology, Environmental Biology and Microbes & Diseases.

The greenhouse facilities also house, and provide plant material used for teaching purposes. Various plant species are grown and propagated for modules within the school of Biosciences and Natural Sciences. We also support cross-disciplinary projects with colleagues in departments such as Physics and Geography.

Helen Bendle, Plant Growth Technician 

I finished my Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Horticultural Science in 2015.

After this I worked at the RHS Rosemoor garden for a year. Leaving with inspiration, specifically from the nursery and formal garden areas, I set up and ran my own gardening business. This was successful for the two years before I joined the team here in January.

I have insight and continued inspiration from my different areas of work, and whilst working to support the research department, I hope to be an inspiration to others.

Broad research specialisms:

I have a broad interest in plant genetics and plan to specify in propagation and pest & disease. Running the greenhouse for the Biosciences team is a great place to develop my skills and knowledge.

Previous Facility Managers

Chris Milne
Chris was part of the team at the University of Exeter from 2016 to 2019, ensuring the smooth running of the facilities, as well as providing support to teaching and research groups within the school of Biosciences. 

Emily Nutt
Emily joined the facility in 2016 bringing experience from her own business in the horticultural sector. Emily re-established operations after a significant greenhouse overhaul by Cambridge HOK.

Helen Hicks
Helen oversaw a reorganisation of greenhouse administration to align the facilities with a new generation of research projects.

James Chidlow
Jim oversaw the establishment of the greenhouse at its current site and simultaneously supported the first generation of plant growth rooms within the Geoffrey Pope building.

Booking request

Please fill out the Greenhouse Booking Request form (.doc)

Contact us

If you have any queries contact:

Helen Bendle, Plant Growth Technician

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 723794


The greenhouse facilities are situated above the new Living Systems Institute, with access by car and foot.

The Greenhouse is marked by the red arrow and sits just behind the Living Systems building (87) and Physics building (21). View an interactive map of Streatham Campus.