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Folkestone College celebrates role in park’s Green Flag Award

Folkestone College students and staff members got to see their handiwork recognised yesterday, as the nearby Kingsnorth Gardens received a Green Flag Award.

The award is given to parks and open spaces deemed to be well-maintained, and Kingsnorth Gardens has become the fifth in the Folkestone and Hythe area to meet the required standard.

This is thanks in part to the College’s Built Environment department, which has worked alongside the Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s landscaping team to spruce up the park over the last six years.

FHDC Leader David Monk raises the Green Flag Award

Work carried out by students includes repairing stonework around the site, planting, pointing, dry-walling and re-tiling the pond’s surround.

The College will also be installing a bright red pergola featuring a Japanese moon gate, alongside a sundial formed of a cherry blossom tree on a concrete plinth – additions taken into consideration by the Green Flag Award judges.

At the Green Flag unfurling ceremony, Head of Built Environment Julian Coleman said: “It’s local to us, so working on the Kingsnorth Gardens benefits both the community and the students.

“It’s fantastic for the students to come down and see their work, and for it to be recognised as a well-maintained space gives real meaning to what we’re doing.

“Through our ongoing maintenance and building, the students learn to respect the Gardens and use them more. It also gives them the chance to tell their families that they’ve played a part in creating an award-winning space.”

Third year student Ciaran Ellen, who came up with the idea for the forthcoming moon gate, was among the attendees at the Green Flag ceremony on Tuesday, October 19.

He said: “It’s very exciting to have our work rewarded, and I’m looking forward to seeing the gate being put up.

Students and staff from the Built Environment department were joined at the ceremony by Principal Donna Smith and EKC Group's Chief Curriculum Officer Nick Holbrook-Sutcliffe

“I hope that the gate and sundial will make the Gardens unique and bring more visitors to the park.”

EKC Group’s Chief Curriculum Officer, Nick Holbrook-Sutcliffe, added: “For our Colleges, the social element is everything.

“We strive to create and nurture partnerships within the wider community, and these Gardens are a perfect example of that.

“Congratulations to the students and staff members who have played and continue to play a part in winning the Green Flag Award.”

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