Writtle News

Dry stone wall built in campus garden

May 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

A dry stone wall is being built in one of the campus gardens courtesy of stone paving donated to the College by GlobalStone - an Essex based supplier of natural paving stone.

The wall will double up as an attractive feature in one of the popular quad gardens on campus, as well as offering a unique habitat for wildlife which will settle within the naturally formed cracks and crevices of the wall.

The stone was unusable to GlobalStone but to the Further Education Horticulture students the offer of the broken pieces created a wealth of opportunity for their garden design and build projects.

Julian Wood, Director at GlobalStone commented about the generous donation to the College: “We were very happy to offer the horticulture students’ use of the stone as it was unusable material to us. We don’t like to see wastage and the garden design the students had planned for the quad garden gave good purpose for the broken paving stone.

GlobalStone recently sponsored the Writtle College garden at the Ideal Home Show, and now following their recent donation Julian went on to: “Once again, we are delighted to support horticulture education at the College.”

Ben Wincott, Horticulture Lecturer at Writtle College said: “The students came up with the design for the new quad garden and we were delighted to be able to incorporate the broken stone wastage into what promises to be yet another stunning College garden.

We have not only created an attractive garden feature with the dry stone wall, but also a sustainable ecosystem and home for wildlife.”

The quad gardens are located outside of the College restaurant, and are regularly enjoyed by staff, students and visitors to the campus. The next garden open day will be held on Thursday 16 June.