North Notts College Construction department have entered into an exciting long-term partnership with Thoresby Park Estates to help regenerate a disused 5-acre Victorian garden.
The partnership is intended to provide North Notts College students access to the once-prestigious walled garden and the opportunity to help regenerate the site.
Thoresby Park has been owned by the Pierrepont family since 1633 and is steeped in history. The estate has over 4000 acres of listed parkland including the Grade II Thoresby courtyard, the Roundhouse and Thoresby Hall Hotel.
The scope of the project is to last between 10 – 15 years, providing a unique hands-on learning experience for all full-time learners from North Notts College. Construction apprentices will have the opportunity to gain and apply valuable industry-relevant knowledge and skills in restoring the site to its’ former glory. Modern building techniques will be blended with more traditional heritage skills by the Construction students to produce an effective and holistic approach to work onsite.
North Notts Curriculum Leader for Construction Martin Lane is the Project Coordinator for the partnership. His responsibilities include facilitating continual student involvement with the regeneration project and ensuring that the work done is to a high standard of quality.
Martin said: “We have done a lot of projects in the past in the Construction Department. The Walled Garden Project at Thoresby Estates gives our learners valuable opportunities to experience working in a real life environment undertaking a range of modern and traditional building skills.”