First apprentice appointed to look after Wyndham Park

Adam Walker has joined South Kesteven District Council’s grounds maintenance service provider Glendale, on a 15-month placement thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Funding grant awarded last year.

The Council’s cabinet member for environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: “Adam joins us at a wonderful time as our HLF and BIG Lottery Funded project is set to take shape later this year with new buildings and features.

“He will hone his horticultural skills to maintain the plants and grounds and will be assessed on planting, pruning, seeding, grass cutting and maintenance of the shrub beds.  We wish him every success in the role.”

Adam, who will work towards an NVQ level 2 Horticulture qualification provided by Brooksby Melton College, said: “It’s an exciting time to be here, I love the environment and working outdoors and I am enjoying getting stuck into the role.

“It’s a great opportunity to get into the industry and I’m enjoying working with the team to make the park and where we live a better place.”

Richard Sumners, contract manager at Glendale, which has been providing grounds maintenance services in the district since 2014, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in another project that creates jobs for local people and aims to improve outdoor spaces for the community to enjoy.

“We’re committed to providing ample opportunities to help young people like Adam get a start in the industry, and upskill the next generation of green service professionals.”

Pictured: Dale Marriott, contract supervisor at Glendale, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, Adam Walker and Steve Frisby project manager at South Kesteven District Council.  Picture used with kind permission of South Kesteven District Council.

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