Assington Mill

Assington, near Sudbury, had a watermill in 1086 according to the Domesday Book and we are pretty sure it was on our site. Otherwise the earliest record in the Suffolk Record Office is 1588 in a marriage settlement of the Gurdon family. In 1868 the current miller, Walter Pollard, bought a secondhand windmill to erect up the hill after the squire withdrew the water rights. We now use natural springs to fill the pond and have put back a water wheel.

We bought Assington Mill as a rundown mill, house, buildings and land nine years ago to open up as a centre for courses on traditional rural skills. Like the buildings, the millpond was dilapidated, silted up and poorly laid out for wildlife.  Thankfully Whitnell waterscapes have made a lovely job of de-silting and re-profiling the banks and we were particularly impressed with the really helpful man on the big digger who took a real pride in giving us a beautiful pond, which the fish, ducks, herons and kingfishers now enjoy to the full.

For details of our courses, go to where you will see full details.

Best wishes,
Bob and Anne Cowlin
Anne Holden

T:  01787 229955
M:  07770 550570

Felix Place - Kelevdon

It was good to meet and associate with you on my project and hopefully when other projects come together I will be pleased to get Whitnell waterscapes back.

 You have got a great professional team and a good bunch of hardworking lads along with 1st class gear and it was a pleasure working with everyone.

The main thing is of course is that we have satisfied my client, the Baron, who is very pleased with his lake.

All the Best,


Perry James Ponds and Lakes


I have utilised Whitnells over the last 15 years, principally in the construction of new golf courses throughout the south-east of England.
The building of these courses has entailed the excavation and construction of numerous ponds and lakes, some forming reservoirs to store vital winter water, and others to add golfing and aesthetic interest to the course.
I have always found Whitnells to be extremely thorough and diligent in all aspects of the contract, leading to very many successful projects built on budget and on programme.

We have used Whitnells for a number of years on various “Earthmoving/Roadworks/Ponds/Landscaping/ and Groundworks”Projects.

Lionel Whitnells formula for success is quite simple, a modern plant fleet, a skilled workforce together with his many years experience in the industry.

Whitnells have always delivered our projects on time and to budget but most importantly for us, they can be trusted to carry out the work professionally and to the highest standards.  One less thing for us to worry about!

Thomas Bates and Son Limited
T:  01708 346777
F: 01708 381259

Wells Harbour

I have no hesitation in recommending Whitnells to anyone looking for a professional and reliable service. Wells Harbour have contracted Whitnells on a number of occasions to re model our Outer Harbour berm, following tidal erosion.

This work is carried out approximately every six months using two D6 dozers and a long reach 360 excavator. Environmentally, the area surrounding the Outer Harbour in Wells is extremely sensitive and the berm itself has become a nesting ground for Little Terns.  Lionel Whitnell and his team have provided an extremely professional service and have been completely reliable.

They have understood the job in hand and been mindful of the environmental and tidal constraints of the area.  The work entails working alongside the Port dredger the Kari Hege and this would not be possible without the close working relationship that Wells Harbour has developed with Lionel and his team. 

Aside from being more than capable of doing the job Lionel is very easy to do business with, there are no hidden extras, what he says is what you will get. His good humoured and flexible approach to any unforeseen problems, have made sure that the projects Whitnells have worked on with us have run very smoothly.

Simon Blakeley

Port Logistics Manager Wells Harbour


"Prime Irrigation have worked with Whitnells recently constructing 2 Irrigation storage reservoirs on farms in the Suffolk area this year. We have found them to be very conscientious and methodical. Their communication throughout the builds with all those involved, has been excellent and the finished reservoirs have been built to specification in a very tidy and efficient manner."
Chris  Hosea (tech)IOSH, MBIFM, AVCM
Prime Irrigation Ltd
Trustans Farm
Westleton Road
IP17 3PB
t: 01728668668
f: 01728668068
m: 07788148021

Bentwaters Park

Dear Mr Whitnell,

I am writing to you regarding the work that you have recently completed for us, the construction of our 14 million gallon lined reservoir, at Wantisden Hall Farms. Having not used your company previously, I have to say how impressed I was with the standard of your work. The onsite management, operator competence have been second to none and with the site being left in such tidy order I would have no hesitation in recommending you and your company to anyone undertaking large scale engineering projects.

I hope to do business with you again,

Yours sincerely,

John Kemball

Managing Director,

Bentwaters Parks Ltd


Woburn Golf Club



Sheeplands Farm - Wargrave

From start to Finish Whitnell Waterscapes were outstanding. We deal with countless contractors and I can confidently say whitnells are among the best we have ever dealt with. The Reservoir was a huge investment for our company and it was dealt with the utmost professionalism from the outset. As with any project it goes out to tender and not only were Whitnell Waterscapes the most competitively priced they also came highly recommended, now I know why. Matt and the boys worked tirelessly from the crack of dawn till dusk to adhere to the timelines put in place and they did not disappoint. I have no problem recommending whitnells to anybody considering investing in a waterway system and am also happy to have a chat about the construction of our project at Sheeplands Farm. Whitnells delivered us a Reservoir on time, on budget and the workmanship was second to none. Job Done. Happy Customer.
Mark Bennett
Managing Director
W. R. Bennett (Berkshire) Ltd
office: (0118) 9402277
mobile: 07753 747477
Hilborough Estates




Worlington Lake


Subject: Construction of two Reservoirs on the Trimley Estate
From:     James Wood, Bidwells
Date:      13/01/2016

Trinity College, Cambridge 
During the summer of 2016 Lionel Whitnell, and his team, from Whitnell Contracts Limited built two agricultural storage reservoirs on the Trimley Estate in East Suffolk.
The two reservoirs, built on land owned by Trinity College Cambridge, equated to a combined volume of 355,000m3 (equivalent to a total land take of circa 13 hectares). Bidwells, on behalf of our client, Trinity College Cambridge, appointed Whitnell’s with a start date of early July setting a challenging completion date of 31st October (equivalent to 14 weeks).
By the end of October both facilities were complete and filling had commenced. The smaller of the two reservoirs took only six weeks to complete from start to finish. Lionel’s team have a friendly but professional approach to their work with a strong emphasis on delivery and client  satisfaction.
The on-site team, headed by Trevor Martin, communicated extremely well with us, farming operators on the ground and the Project Management team to pull together the delivery of the construction of a substantial irrigation facility. Whitnell’s attitude towards the project, from the outset, was hugely encouraging.
 Bidwells would have no reservations about asking Whitnell Contracts Limited to tender for further projects in the future whether that be for Trinity College or other clients.
James Wood

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