Students Brave Chill to Plant Acres of Trees for a Local Community Group

In In the Press, News, on the 10th, December 2015

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Uniformed Public Services Students helping out in the community.

Over 20 students from Darlington College planted 500 trees including wild cherry, rowan, holly, willow and more in and around Cocker Beck Nature Reserve in Darlington.

The initiative was put together by The Friends of Cocker Beck, who have worked tirelessly to improve their local environment. Dec Donaghy, the Uniformed Public Services tutor who led the students, said the college welcomed the opportunity to work with the community.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed helping the residents out and between them, got the digging and planting done very quickly. Committing to public service in life like this is a key part of our course,” he said. Jan Needham, from the Friends of Cocker Beck, said the manpower on the day had been invaluable. The trees were donated to the group by the Woodland Trust and the project was helped by Rangers from Darlington Borough Council.

Jan added: “The Friends have had so much support over the years for projects like the pond, and we are really grateful  to everyon who has got behind looking after our environment and caring about our community.”

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