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Falmouth University College

Schoolchildren 'Go Wild' on Campus

20 December 2017

Generation Wild, a student-led volunteering project teaching children about the environment, has been working with our FX Plus Grounds Team giving pupils access to gardening at the beautiful Penryn Campus.

In November schoolchildren came onto the allotments to weed and plant onions and seed bombs. This month the final outreach session for 2017 involved Year Six pupils from Penryn Primary Academy planting trees along a hedgerow.

The hazel and hawthorn whips were donated by our Grounds Team who also showed the children how to plant them.

Toby Nenning, FX Plus Head Gardener, said: “This is a great opportunity to open up our Campus grounds and get children interested in wildlife and gardening. We hope to be able to support a lot more of these sessions in the future.”

Generation Wild has been delivering weekly outreach sessions for local schools and children’s groups in Cornwall since 2014 Teams of student volunteers deliver the sessions, which vary from rock pooling and bug hunts, to bat walks and wildlife-themed games. This provides opportunities for students to engage in science communication and to develop leadership skills, whilst improving the universities’ connection with the local community.

During the autumn term, Generation Wild volunteers have delivered 16 outreach sessions across three primary schools, one Girl Guide unit, and one Scout group. Themes have included sustainable living, the Countryside Code, British wildlife conservation and becoming a nature detective.

Jenny Lawrie, Generation Wild Project Leader, said "Volunteering with Generation Wild is an incredibly rewarding experience. We've had so much positive feedback from group leaders and parents, and it's so heart-warming to see the positive impact that our outreach work has on the children."

When asked what they thought of this tree planting activity, one Year six girl said that it made her feel very proud. Another girl, a self-confessed ‘girly girl’, was adamant that she wouldn’t get muddy but by the end of the afternoon she was proudly showing off her mucky hands after planting her very own hazel tree. Two of the pupils were so pleased with their work that they named their trees: fingers crossed that both Timothy and Dave will take root!

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