Burghley Park welcomed students from New College Stamford’s Skills for Work and Living department last week where they were complimenting their learning with hands on experience maintaining trees and shrubbery.
Putting what they have learnt at the college’s Horticultural Centre in to practice, students were challenged to remove the protective guards from the trees across Burghley woodland to allow them to grow correctly.
They also experienced pruning the lower branches to ensure the trees have a good ‘form’ and provide future generations with high quality timber.
Skills for Living student Michael Munro (18) said, “I enjoyed the freedom of working outside and making a positive difference.”
Working alongside Peter Glassey, Head of Forestry, Park and Gardens at Burghley House students gained a valuable insight in to real life horticulture work whilst getting hands on experience.
Their hard work has seen the students being invited back to Burghley later on in the spring and summer where they will engage in other activities assisting the gardens team at Burghley House.
The students are currently studying Skills for Work and Living courses that are specifically designed to help you develop your personal and social skills, literacy and numeracy skills and independent living skills for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Student Connor Moloney (19) said “I felt quiet nervous because I have never been to a real job placement before but I enjoyed the responsibility”.
For more information on the Skills for Work and Living courses available at New College Stamford call 01780 484311 or visit www.stamford.ac.uk