STUDENTS STEP UP TO STAMP OUT WEEDS
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STUDENTS STEP UP TO STAMP OUT WEEDS

10th April 2018

Hard working students from City of Wolverhampton College are pulling on their wellies to help stamp out an invasive weed at a Pendeford beauty spot.

More than 50 uniformed public services students are spending three days at Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve to combat the spread of Himalayan balsam, a non-native plant that smothers other plants and endangers wildlife.

The group has joined forces with 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment and City of Wolverhampton Council’s Parks and Ranger Service on the project, which will also see them plant willow, clear felled trees, and research wildlife in the reserve.

Lecturer Richard Jones said: “Last year students worked with 4 Mercian to clean the graves of more than 300 service men and women and we’re delighted to build on that success and work with the regiment again on another community project.

“Many of the students hope to move into the military after completing their qualifications and this experience will give them the opportunity to work with service personnel while also improving their team working skills.”

Students will present their work at a parade on completion of the project, before a group of 13 students travel to military training facility Nesscliffe to take part in a three-day exercise reserve challenge.

The project, named Exercise Eagle Learner, forms part of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, a pledge of mutual support between the city and its Armed Forces community. The Covenant aims to encourage all citizens to support the local Armed Forces community and make it easier for Service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support they need. For further information click here.

STUDENTS STEP UP TO STAMP OUT WEEDS
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