Students and staff from North Notts College have been celebrating their partnership with Thoresby Estate at the launch of an exciting long-term project to restore the Estate’s 5-acre Victorian walled Garden to its’ former glory.
Attended by Thoresby Estate, Notts County Council and students and staff from North Notts College, the bustling event was hosted by Thoresby Estate and included a guided tour of the Victorian walled garden and an opportunity to hear from those involved.
With the help of North Notts College construction students, the Walled Garden Project will revitalise the Estate’s 5-acre Victorian walled garden. North Notts College students aim to restore the central fountain, surrounding walls, walkways and steps.
There are also plans to fit the imposing main gateway with an ironwork design inspired by the local area’s heritage.
The scope of the project is to last 10-15 years and will provide new prospects for Thoresby Estate and real life hands-on experience for the North Notts College students involved. North Notts College construction apprentices will also have the opportunity to gain and apply valuable industry-relevant knowledge and skills in restoring the site to its’ former glory.
Several subject areas across North Notts College will have the opportunity to help restore different sections of the 5-acre garden over the project’s full timeline.
North Notts College Construction Subject Area Team Leader Martin Lane has been acting as a project coordinator for the partnership between the college and Thoresby Estate. Martin was in attendance at the busy launch day event.
Martin said: “We aim to provide our students with brilliant hands-on experience. To be involved with every aspect of restoring this historic piece of the local area’s heritage is a fantastic opportunity; this will help them build the skillsets in demand by employers across the country.
“I’m very proud that we’re in a long-term partnership with such a treasured organisation as Thoresby Estate.”
Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying student Steve Cole has begun work on excavating the Victorian fountain.
Steve said: “I enjoy everything about being part of this project. Working on digging out the Victorian fountain is exciting; you don’t know what treasures you may find.
“This whole project is good work experience for me and looks great on my CV.”
North Notts College Assistant Principal Angela Adams attended the launch day, provided a speech on the college’s role in the ambitious project and saw the work students were taking part in.
Angela said: “We are really pleased to have formed this partnership with Thoresby Estate to both renovate this impressive Victorian Walled Garden – a treasure within our local community – and to provide our students with hands-on experience taking key skills learnt in the workshop and applying this to real-life scenarios.”
Thoresby Estate Executive Director Harvey Glenn has been working closely with Martin Lane to help facilitate student involvement in the Estate’s renovation project.
Harvey attended the launch day event and provided interesting historical context to garden’s projects during the guided tour.
Harvey said: “As part of our drive to engage with our local communities, we approached North Notts College. We appreciate the students here can help us realise our ambitious aims by applying their useful skills to restoring this site to its’ former prestige.
“We look forward to seeing all the exciting developments take shape and to see how more of the subjects from the college get involved in the future.”