RAU students join local community projects to enhance wildlife areas

Students studying a foundation degree in Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management have been completing work placements with Cirencester Town Council, contributing to delivering their Green Spaces Strategy.

They have relished the opportunity to get involved in the various projects, and have been able to apply their practical skills gained during the taught part of their course through practical project days and longer term individual placements.

Community projects have included work focussed around Querns Wood and the Roman Amphitheatre, both next to Cirencester Hospital. Improving access and amenity, whilst working alongside the local community, have been a core part of the students’ involvement.

Partnerships have played a key role in these projects. Improvements to the biodiversity of the woodland have been completed most recently as part of a joint initiative between the Waitrose Community Matters Programme and Friends of the Amphitheatre. In the past, students have worked with OVO Energy as well as community groups.

Involvement with the annual apple juicing event, as part of the NHS Forests initiative has also now become a firm fixture on the students’ calendar. This involves local school groups alongside The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and their Green Gym initiative.

RAU students clearly benefit not only from the work itself and the ‘real world’ experience gained from this, but also from the range of contacts they develop, enhancing their chances of future employment. For more information about this foundation degree course visit our foundation degree webpage or email ian.grange@rau.ac.uk.