Henley-in-Arden School students volunteer with Canal and River Trust

Simon Reeves - 13 March 2017

Henley-in-Arden School students volunteer to assist Canal and River Trust regeneration project

Two groups of students from Henley-in-Arden School have been volunteering to help the Canal and River Trust regenerate areas of the Grand Union Canal at Hatton Locks.

The two groups, from the school’s year 7 and 8, have undertaken the community work as part of their studies on our Schools Partnership Project.

On day one the year 8 group re-laid a stretch of towpath, removing surface water and potholes that have made this popular stretch of canal difficult underfoot.

The year 7 group continued on day two by reinstating the topsoil that had been eroded by walkers and cyclists. This topsoil was then re-seeded with grass by the students. 

To make this work possible, we received a major grant from Warwickshire County Council’s ‘Skills for Employment’ fund, meaning 48 students at the school will be able to take part over the course of two terms.

Jack (year 7 pupil) said, “I love working outside and doing jobs like this. It’s even better when helping the community.”

Emily (year 8 pupil) said, “It was hard but I would do it again. I liked that people thanked us.”

Steve Lambert, from the Canal and River Trust, said: “All the students have done a great job and really made the area better.

You can really see the improvements. Without volunteers, work like this would not be done. I’m looking forward to coming to the graduation.”

This work will contribute to successful completion of the students’ BTEC Level 1 qualification, which will be celebrated on Wednesday the 29th and Thursday 30th March at Henley-in-Arden School in front of parents, school staff and other guests from the community. 

Watch this space!