Towards the beginning of the month I visited Craven College to attend a governors’ meeting where I was to give a talk. I am completing a Level 3 Diploma in environmental conservation as part of my apprenticeship through the college (via a tutor who comes to visit me at work once a month) and they wanted their governors to learn more about apprentices and what we get up to. The principal said that as we never actually go into college it can feel like they don’t know much about us or what we do and so before the meeting I gave a brief presentation on how I got onto the trainee scheme, what I do and what I plan to do in the future. It seemed to go down well and I’m hoping the practise is paying off as I have talks coming up in January for both our all staff meeting and Craven Conservation Group.
The following week I went along to a work party at Foulshaw Moss to help the Reserve Officer Simon with a group of students who were coming to help us from Lancaster and Morecambe College. We planted oak saplings and pulled up rhododendron regrowth and it was great to have so many pairs of hands helping out. We got all of the trees planted and made a big difference to the amount of rhododendron around and although some of the students weren’t as keen as others to be knee deep in peat bog they all said it was better than being at college! They also brought a surplus of lunch with them which was great for me and the other volunteers who had left our lunches back in the car park.