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Students on our reserves

The team who tackled the area of Crassula

Students taking part in expeditions to gain their Duke of Edinburgh scheme qualifications have been working on the Etton Maxey nature reserve.

The youngsters, from Stamford Endowed Schools, have been using their half-term break to work towards either their Silver or Gold standard awards – taking part in a series of hikes and volunteer work programmes.

Around 120 teenagers, carrying heavy back packs full of clothing and camping gear,  have been walking from a drop-off point at Greatford across country to the Etton High Meadow barn before carrying out work tasks on the Etton Maxey site.

Usually the pupils would be carrying out the expeditions in the Lake District, but Coronavirus restrictions have meant that this year activities have been curtailed.

And so after conversations with Langdyke trustee David Alvey part of the programme this year has involved working with Langdyke on a variety of reserve tasks.

These have included cutting down willow, removing hawthorn and digging layers of crassula. The youngsters have been overseen by teachers and parents working to tasks set by Langdyke volunteers including David Alvey, David Cowcill, Richard Astle and David Rowell.

David Alvey said: “It’s been a great opportunity to open up our reserves to a new younger group of people.  They have set about their tasks with a great degree of determination and have done a really good job.  They have also been able to learn about the nature on the reserves at the same time and ask questions of our volunteers.”