Students studying the Pre-GCSE course at Coleg Ceredigion recently received the John Muir Environmental Award in recognition of their volunteering work at a Teifi Marshes nature reserve.
The students began volunteering at the reserve and Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran for two hours per week, helping to clear a wooded area in preparation for a new timber barn on the site. The barn will partly be used to store reed and wood which will feed a biomass boiler that will heat the centre in the winter months, whilst also being a space to hold events.
The project, coordinated by Student Mentor, Martin Morgan and Nathan Walton, Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire, has enabled the students to learn more about the local wildlife, and to feel part of the local area. It has also enabled the group to complete all four aspects of the John Muir Environmental Award at Discovery Level.
The students were presented with their awards at the Welsh Wildlife Centre by Nathan Walton. Speaking after the presentation, Nathan commented “I would like to thank the students at Coleg Ceredigion for the time they have spent working on the reserve. Their hard work has been invaluable in helping projects to progress, managing habitats and maintaining the infrastructure of the reserve”.
The students have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the project, and working towards achieving the John Muir Award. They are now looking forward to returning to the college next year to complete their GCSE programme.