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Students are on board to create gateway to the Greenway

Health, leisure and parks

26 January 2022

Paved footpath with greenery either side

Students from Moulton College are joining forces with North Northamptonshire Council (NNC), as the Out to Water, Into History (OTWIH) project goes full steam-ahead with its next Greenway milestone.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery, through the Nenescape Partnership, the OTWIH project provides a clear link and nicer green corridor, linking the new and old Rushden. Using part of the old railway line in the town, the project includes the installation of a welcoming gateway.

78 students from Moulton College are jumping on-board the project to help design and create the gateway to the Greenway. Situated at the entrance to the pathway, near Dove Motors at Crown Park Rushden, the gateway is a collaborative piece of art inspired by the Greenway users and Rushden communities.

The project team held a consultation with Greenway users in September 2021 to help influence how the gateway should look. This invaluable feedback is the foundation for what the students will use to design and create the artwork, due to be installed later this year.

Using their skills in bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and horticulture, the year one and two students, are excited to be part of a project that will celebrate the rich heritage of the town and how it has involved into one of North Northamptonshire’s most beautiful locations.

The Out to Water, Into History project is going from strength to strength with the team working hard, alongside Moulton College and other partners to improve this much-used route. The new gateway will be a great addition, showcasing the history of Rushden.

Cllr Helen Howell, NNC’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture & Tourism
We are extremely proud of the Greenway, it is a brilliant community asset that we continue to work on and build, but we couldn’t do so without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers and our partners.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of NNC
This project will offer a fantastic opportunity for students across a broad range of our subjects to get involved in transforming the Greenway. Work experience such as this is crucial in providing our students with networking opportunities, and the chance to get involved in real life projects. This experience will be invaluable when progressing into a work environment.Gary Dennis, Construction Curriculum Coordinator at Moulton College

For the latest updates on the project, make sure you are following the OTWIH Facebook page.
The OTWIH team would like to thank the Moulton College teaching staff for embracing the project, along with Dove Motors, Rushden Town Council and Nenescape for their continued support.