Arboriculture students help to landscape new marina
A NEW new marina at Earls Barton has received some landscaping expertise from students from Moulton College.
Currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in arboriculture, they rolled up their sleeves for some practical experience when they visited White Mills Marina last month.
The students linked up with the marina after being invited to take part in a competition to come up with a landscaping plan that would be sympathetic to the local environment and, at the same time, attract as many different species of wildlife and water fowl to the new facility on the River Nene.
The students planted more than 100 metres of hedging on their initial visit when John Skinner from White Mills announced the winners of the competition. He was so impressed with the effort that had gone into entries that there were two joint winners, Alfie Henmen and Andrew Baillie.
John said: “Having the opportunity to shape the landscape of a new marina is not an everyday occurrence, so when Moulton College agreed to get involved with the competition we were thrilled.
“There were some excellent entries, but in the end there were two definite winners. We are now looking forward to implementing some elements from both of the winning designs.
“The lads all worked very hard – they were a great bunch and I am glad to say they have agreed to come back to gain some additional experience.”
“It was a very successful and productive day, and we will all be very keen to watch how the landscaping of White Mills Marina develops over the coming months.”
Pictured – PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: Above, the students involved in the marina landscaping. Right, John Skinner presents Alfie Henmen with his prize as joint winner of the landscaping competition. The other joint winner, Andrew Baillie was unable to attend the photocall.