Students from Lifeworks College recently gained the John Muir Award for Conservation. Our students have been attending Stover Country Park Forest School since September 2011 and in September last year, they began working towards the John Muir Explorer Award. This has involved working with the Ranger in the park on a wide variety of conservation tasks for the benefit of the park.
The tasks have included invasive Rhododendron control, creating a new pond in the marsh to benefit many species of dragonfly and damselfly, helping with heathland management, bracken bashing and litter-picking around the park. The students have also been learning about the wildlife found in the park through activities such as pond-dipping, habitat walks and bird ringing.
The group has also contributed to Stover Park’s Forest School by helping to build benches and a “mud kitchen”, which has proved very popular with the nursery children that attend Stover Park’s Forest School. Next year the students hope to build on their success by working towards the Conserver John Muir Award