Nearly 100 Coleg Llandrillo students from the Rhyl campus spent two days planting over 1,000 trees in Rhyl and Prestatyn, in support of the burgeoning green agenda, locally, throughout Wales and globally.
They were aided in their toils to improve the Rhyl Cut and Prestatyn Gutter, and create a green corridor between the two towns, by representatives from Ysgol Tir Morfa, Friends of the Earth and the North Wales Wildlife Trust. The project is being led by Denbighshire County Council - in conjunction with Keep Wales Tidy - as part of its three-year campaign to help the towns become carbon neutral. The Council has planted 100,000 trees across the county in the last ten years.
On a global level, the initiative will support the United Nations' Trillion Tree environmental programme initiative. The vocational students represented a wide range of departments within the college, including Public Services, Get Skilled Up, Health and Social Care and Customer Service.
On the first day, the students were involved in hedge-laying (including hawthorn), before planting hundreds of cherry, holly and oak trees on the second and final day.
Vanessa Griffiths, John Muir Award coordinator and practical skills supervisor at Coleg Llandrillo Rhyl, said:
What a fantastic sight to see so many young people working for a better environment. So many students enjoyed the first day so much, they signed on for the second day. Some even turned up during their break times. They all worked really hard and are a credit to the college.
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is committed to supporting the green agenda. We were pleased to be offered the opportunity for our students to work in partnership with Denbighshire County Council's Countryside Services department. It will also count towards the students gaining their John Muir Award, which is an environmental award scheme encouraging people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.
Cllr Tony Thomas, the Council's lead member for Housing and Communities, said:
I'd like to thank all the volunteers who helped at the planting sessions. These trees will help create green havens for residents and improve open spaces in the county as well as offsetting carbon emissions.
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