Switzerland Gets New Lease Of Life

The wooded area in the College's grounds including the small lake set below the Mile Walk, known as Switzerland since the time of the Benedictine Nuns, has been undergoing a major renovation since October 2016.

Over the last few months the project overseen by the College's enthusiastic Grounds Team, in consultation with the Tree and Woodland Company and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, has seen the area transformed into a teaching area and wildlife habitat zone, which is due to be handed over to the school at Easter. The area has been opened up, cleared of vegetation and a new boardwalk, jetty, log and bark path and a covered teaching area have been constructed.

Access to the area has been improved from both the bottom and the top, with the original steps revealed.

Comments Edd Robertson, Foundation Grounds Manager, "We know from the Old Princethorpians that this area was enjoyed and well used by the boys in the olden days, who even canoed on the lake. Over the last 30 or so years the area had sadly become very overgrown and neglected.

He continues, "As part of an ancient woodland we have been mindful with the works to respect the plants and wildlife that exist here. Our team have really enjoyed bringing this area back to life and we hope it will be a haven for staff and pupils alike to enjoy."

Phase two of the project will involve the siting of bird and bat boxes, the building of bug hotels and the planting of reeds and lilies in the pond.

The land which is still owned by the MSCs is due to be handed over to the College in the coming months.

Click here to see the plan for Switzerland.

Photos below show Switzerland in use in the past