Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan
Sparked by a community campaign in 1957 to open a post-secondary institution in the Trent Valley, Trent University today is one of Canada’s top universities, recognized nationally for its leadership in teaching, research, and student satisfaction. The Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan articulates a vision that is rooted in community and a deep understanding of the land.
It guides the University towards a future of caring for and stewarding the campus at large, through a robust and connected University Green Network that includes Trent’s Nature Areas, valuable green spaces, and the linkages between them. It integrates the latest thinking on regenerative landscapes, built form, and agriculture, fostering nature-inclusive spaces across the campus. It instills Anishnaabeg principles, Indigenous spaces, and placemaking techniques, developed in collaboration with the Michi Saagiig First Nations throughout campus planning initiatives. It promotes opportunity – for students and community to engage in rewarding hands on learning and discovery, and innovation and research that will contribute to a post-pandemic economic recovery and fight to combat climate change.
Trent’s Symons Campus represents a substantial proportion of woodlands and wetlands within the City of Peterborough. A primary goal of the Plan is to protect, enhance and restore these assets, to foster biological diversity and sustain ecosystem function. Trent is committed to maintaining 60 per cent of the Symons Campus lands as Nature Areas and green space, and to being an active caretaker for a valuable ecosystem. The Plan integrates design excellence and emerging best practices to respectfully and thoughtfully evolve the campus into a thriving University and environment, with diverse opportunities for teaching, learning, and research, while addressing critical housing, employment, and daily needs. The Plan is ambitious, tackling challenges faced on campus, in our local communities, and across the globe. It is visionary, imagining possibilities for evolution that reflect the priorities and aspirations of the University’s diverse communities. The Plan is pluralistic, implementing strategies based on science and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. And perhaps most importantly, the Plan is adaptable, setting out clear principles and intent, while acknowledging the need to respond to new information and changing circumstances; it produces harmony without rigidity.