At Folkestone College, we are very lucky to have the beautiful Kingsnorth Gardens right on our doorstep.
For those of you who might not know, Kingsnorth Gardens was opened 1928, meaning that it is nearly one hundred years old! It is a layout of formal gardens with a mixture of Italian, Oriental and English styles, enclosed with trees to protect it from the busy road traffic.
Many students and staff enjoy visiting the gardens during breaktimes, to relax and unwind.
Our Built Environment students are highly involved with maintaining and upkeeping the gardens, having taken part in many projects previously.
However, their attention has now turned to brightening up the wooden pergola at the end of the garden closest to the college. Currently, the pergola is timber and has become worn from age and is in need of a revamp.
The students have unveiled an ambitious plan to embrace the garden’s oriental theme. They are planning to install a new pergola in a bright, cheerful red, built in a Japanese style, with a moon gate and seating area as its focal point. This will be a tranquil place for reflection. The gate will face East in line with Japanese tradition.
This will help to make the gardens look more visually pleasing from the street and hopefully encourage more visitors to come in and admire the beautiful scenery.
The plans also incorporate a concrete circular plinth with a cherry blossom tree in the centre, acting as a sundial. This plinth will be adorned with the names of public services like the NHS, Armed Forces and the Rotary Club to pay tribute for all that they have done for the community over the years.
On the 1st July, our students proudly presented their ideas to the Green Flag Award judges accompanied by Jana Getcliffe, the Horticultural Manager for the Folkestone and Hythe council. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the UK to promote standards of good management of nature.
The students revealed a scale model design of how the area would look, laid in the exact spot where the work is proposed to take place. The ideas were well received, and the council members agreed that by allowing students to take part in local community projects and invest their work into an area, it helps them feel involved in the community and leaves a lasting legacy of their accomplishments.
We are looking forward to seeing their ideas take shape and continue to be very proud of our hard-working, innovative students.