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Posted: 16/12/10

Students to give nature a helping hand

Students from West Nottinghamshire College’s higher education curriculum will be getting close to nature in the new term, as they embark on volunteering tasks outdoors.

As part of their annual activity week (10-14 January), students from university-level courses at the Mansfield-based college will be joining the Oak Tree SAFE (Safe and Friendly Environment) team on 12 January to help tidy winter foliage on the heathland area known at The Heathers.

This area is listed as a site of special scientific interest (SSI) and supports rare plants and animals including lizards and three different types of heather.

Another group of learners will be joining rangers in Sherwood Forest to help clear nature trails and secure any winter-damaged trees as part of their volunteering activities.

Higher education liaison officer, Tia Paulson, said: “As part of the activity week in the New Year, we’re really looking forward to getting involved with volunteering day.  Many of our students specifically requested getting involved with volunteering in the community.

“Students realise that volunteering is not only a great thing to be involved in to help others and learn new skills, but is also advantageous to have this kind of experience on your CV.”