0 Greenkeeper Laura Sayer-Hall starts new life on Scottish island

A chance visit to a Scottish island resulted in a life-changing decision for Laura Sayer-Hall from Wirral.

After visiting her sister on the Inner Hebridean isle of Jura, Laura fell in love with the place.

She decided to quit her job and move out there full-time.

While working in the island's one and only pub, she got talking to some greenkeepers at Ardfin Golf Course and they asked if she would be interested in applying for a seasonal job.

The 32-year-old had never had anything to do with golf but decided to give it a shot as she likes being outdoors.

It was a far cry from her previous jobs as a laminator in the aerospace industry and house renovator, but she took to it immediately.

She said: "I absolutely loved it and so took on a permanent role at the end of the season and haven't looked back since."

As part of the role, she received funding to study the theory behind the practical work she was doing out on the course and is now studying for a sports Turf Maintenance SVQ Level 2 qualification at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

Laura attends classes at SRUC's Elmwood campus in Fife on a block release basis so she can continue to work on the island.

She said: "I chose SRUC Elmwood as it is one of the most respected turf colleges in the industry.

"The course is a great first step into formal turf education.

"It will show employers that I have received a certain level of training both on the theory and practical sides of greenkeeping."

After finishing the two-year course, she hopes to continue her greenkeeping education by enrolling on either the HNC or HND Golf Course Management course.

In the meantime, despite the golf course being closed to golfers during the Covid-19 lockdown, Laura has been able to continue working at Ardfin.

Course manager Simon Crawford said: "When you take on staff, you're always hopeful they will love the job.

"With Laura, she has shown how much she enjoys work every day with her standout attitude.

"She picks up new skills very quickly and has a real passion for the job, Ardfin and life on Jura.

"She is a great asset for the place."

You can read the original article from the Wirral Globe HERE

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