Nowton gardening team receive top marks from Thurston College

Gardening team members Paul Bull and Les Whiting with Thurston College vice principal and head of sixth form Paul Potter, garden team members Jason Godbold, Samuel Petherick, Mark Wilden, Josh Wearing and Steven Largent ANL-161203-155617001
Gardening team members Paul Bull and Les Whiting with Thurston College vice principal and head of sixth form Paul Potter, garden team members Jason Godbold, Samuel Petherick, Mark Wilden, Josh Wearing and Steven Largent ANL-161203-155617001
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A Bury St Edmunds social enterprise, which specialises in growing plants and helping local organisations with gardening projects, has received top marks from Thurston Community College.

A team from Nowton Park Nursery have been working at the Beyton campus of Thurston since last year – replanting hedges along the driveway and clearing out overgrown areas on the college’s four-acre site, in Drinkstone Road.

Vice principal and head of sixth form Paul Potter said the social enterprise team have made a big impression with their hard work.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted with what they have done. Jason Godbold and his team from Nowton have helped to make the college grounds look lovely. They are such a friendly and polite group, and it’s been a pleasure to have them working here.

“We are really keen to involve members of the community to work with the college. In addition to Nowton Park Nursery, we also have a conservation group called BOOP standing for Beyton Old Orchard Project, comprising of students and members of the local community.”

Nowton Park Nursery gardening team spend every Thursday at Thurston College working on the grounds.

In recent months, they have also tidied up an overgrown garden at the Citizens Advice Bureau, in Risbygate Street, Bury.

Nowton Park Nursery is part of social enterprise Realise Futures which specialises in helping people who are disabled and disadvantaged.