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Rhyl Public Services Students Help Strengthen Hedgerows

Students from Coleg Llandrillo, Rhyl are helping rangers at a local nature reserve to clear areas ready to plant orchids and rebuild hedgerows to facilitate nest-building for a wide range of wildlife.

The Level 1 Public Services students are volunteering at the Brickfield Pond nature reserve, which is located next to college’s Rhyl campus. During their time there, the EPIC students have learnt about the importance of local biodiversity, sustainability and green spaces.

The EPIC programme is an alternative education scheme offered in colleges across Denbighshire, which provides opportunities for Year 11 students to achieve a qualification in a specific subject area: Construction, Motor Vehicle, Agriculture, Health and Social Care, Hairdressing, ICT etc. These students would be unlikely to achieve their GCSEs in school for a variety of reasons.

Cara Baker, Public Services lecturer, said: “What a fantastic sight to see so many young people working for a better environment. This project is helping them gain voluntary hours for their course, whilst giving something back to the local area. On top of this, they are also set to achieve their bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards. They all worked really hard and are a credit to the college.”

This is not the first time that Rhyl College students have supported of the burgeoning green agenda, as two years ago, nearly 100 Coleg Llandrillo students from the Rhyl campus spent two days planting over 1,000 trees in Rhyl and Prestatyn.

The college’s Public Services’ courses are designed to prepare for employment in the armed forces, police,

ambulance service, fire service, prison service and other community and emergency service-related organisations.

For more information on Public Services’ courses, or any other courses at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhyl, telephone

01745 354 797.