Myerscough College students will play a key role in the redevelopment of Lytham Hall after the college signed a partnership deal with the Heritage Trust for the North West.
The historic Fylde landmark and grounds, maintained by the trust, is undergoing a multimillion pound three-year improvement project after winning a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The programme of conservation and enhancement will allow Myerscough College students opportunities to participate in practical work on the site. So far, arboriculture students have carried out extensive felling work in the woods, while garden design students are designing areas for redevelopment and fishery students are introducing a management plan for one of the ponds.
Assistant principal, partnerships and development, Helen Eaton said: ‘‘This is a brilliant opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a real working environment. The work carried out by the students makes a significant contribution to the restoration and conservation of the grounds at Lytham Hall – restoring our past whilst securing the legacy for future generations. The feedback received regarding the work that the students have already carried out has been excellent’’.
The 32ha site is already maintained by volunteers and now Myerscough College students will join them twice a week, while working towards qualifications.
Lytham Hall volunteer and training co-ordinator Alan Hulme said: "Their hard work is greatly appreciated as it will be a big step in revitalising the grounds and getting them back to their former glory. I hope this will be the first of many collaborations with Myerscough College here at Lytham Hall".
Myerscough College arboriculture lecturer Tony Shaw, said that the work at Lytham Hall was very similar to what students would experience on commercial contracts after graduation.