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Posted: 24/03/10

Students to give park an Easter holiday make-over

Students from West Nottinghamshire College’s Ashfield campus will be swapping Easter egg-eating for digging and planting tasks during the college’s half-term break.

The group of ‘entry to employment’ students, who are on courses such as motor vehicle and motor cycle maintenance at the college’s successful Ashfield Project, have agreed to work alongside Ashfield District Council ground workers at Titchfield Park in Kirkby-in-Ashfield from Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 March to repair rabbit fencing, plant new trees, shrubs and flowers as well as prepare the bowling green for the new season.

Louise Stubbings, entry to employment advisor, said: “I am extremely proud of our students who have agreed to give up a good part of their Easter break to volunteer with tidying up and planting in the park.

“They have been very proactive about organising themselves to put in their best efforts with these tasks.  I hope that they make a real difference to the park and the people of Ashfield can come along and enjoy the fresh surroundings that they are helping to create.”

The pioneering project – based at the College’s Ashfield Campus in Huthwaite Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield – was set up to re-engage and support young people who are, or risk being, not in education, employment or training.

Now in its third year, it caters for young people who did not achieve at school due to low attendance or other problems including bullying, undiagnosed dyslexia or having caring responsibilities.

The project offers a range of entry to employment and vocational courses – from business administration, hair and beauty, fashion and design, to interactive media and motorcycle maintenance – to give students a ‘hands on’ approach to learning; with smaller class sizes to provide more personalised support.