GREEN LIGHT TRUST: Students’ woodland lessons

Level 1 Award students from King Edward VI School at Frithy Wood
Level 1 Award students from King Edward VI School at Frithy Wood
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Green Light Trust is very proud to announce the success of students from King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.

Ten students have been working and studying in Frithy Woods during their Year 11 studies, as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project to restore the woodland, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

During this time, the students have been working towards gaining a Level 1 Award in Practical and Conservation Skills, which it is hoped, will afford the opportunity for those that have the desire, to go on to take further studies; eventually leading to a career in conservation or forestry.

This partnership has been developed over a number of years, with each of the students having previously attended a course in Year 10.

Because the course was spread over the full academic year, the students from King Edwards were able to see the seasonal changes in the woodland, as well as taking part in different management activities throughout the year.

As part of the course the students carried out coppicing work in areas that had not been touched for at least the last 80 years. This valuable work will try to ensure that the rare habitats and species associated with ancient coppice woodlands are maintained for another generation to appreciate.

The students also learnt about health and safety and risk management, which are valuable and transferable skills in whatever career path they decide to pursue. The course culminated in a celebratory barbecue which was prepared by the students in Frithy Wood, and each student was presented with a picture to commemorate their time on the course.

Tom Brown who is the woodland and education Manager of the Restoring the Repertoire project, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with all 10 of these students over the past 18 months.

“We have seen these students develop a keen interest in the wood and a wider understanding of the importance of trees and woodlands to communities and the animals that rely on them.

“I very much look forward to hearing about their successes in whatever career they decide to pursue in the future”.

More information about the project can be found at www.frithywood.co.uk with regular updates on twitter @greenlighttrust and Facebook.