Hotel enlists horticultural students to finalize landscaping


(seated left to right) Zeph Nettleton (Level 1 Horticulture), Oliver Brunton, CJ Jones (Level 2 Horticulture), Jenny Barr (Horticultural Staff), Tris Melia (Manager of Horticultural Practical Facilities) & Kate Lynch (Horticultural Lecturer)

A Lake District hotel complex enlisted the expertise of university students to help them with the final stages of new landscaping after its extension and renovation.

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa worked with green-fingered students at Myerscough College, tasking them with managing content for the seasonal planting of tubs and baskets in the grounds of the site.

The group of students delivered planters which they collected at the college as part of their classes, which included hellebores (winter roses), Erica (heather), Viola, Dianthus (Sweet William) and a range of ivy plants to ensure that the hotel floors will be awash in color next spring.

Paul Bell of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, the maintenance manager at Low Wood Bay explains: commercial project.

“Horticulture is a rapidly growing business due to the strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food safety. And we want the grounds and landscaping around the hotel to match the new facilities at the place. We are very grateful to Myerscough College for participating in the project and our thanks go to the students who got involved.

Lecturer in Horticulture at Myerscough College, Kate Lynch adds, “Well done to our horticultural students, who worked with our staff to create these winter containers for English Lakes Hotels. They did a great job.

“The students helped plant the troughs and hanging baskets as part of a horticulture course module, in which they have to learn the appropriate seasonal plants for outdoor planters, and winter is the theme. of it. We were invited to replant the baskets and summer troughs.

“The winter containers were provided by our Plant World garden center and are part of a new contract which also includes The Wild Boar Inn near Windermere and Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside.”

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa has undergone a £ 16million redevelopment to become the Lake District’s first resort on Lake Windermere. It includes a new restaurant, Blue Smoke on the Bay, and a range of new spa facilities and travel experiences.

Among the range of athletic and land-based programs available at Myerscough College, continuing education students can undertake a variety of horticulture and landscape qualifications, ranging from Level 1 practical skills, to an RHS certificate, and to a Level 3 advanced diploma. .

For those looking for a degree course, Myerscough University Center offers Basic Level 4 certificates up to Basic Diplomas and BSc (Hons) in Horticultural Science and Management.


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