Enterprising students harvest holt 15 March 2012

Two Trent Vale students are putting their conservation skills to good use by managing vegetation at Hawton Holt in Newark.

Andrew and Anne laying hedges at Hawton Holt in Newark.

Ex Trent Vale Diploma Level 2 students, Andrew Pothecary and Anne French have been looking after Hawton Holt next to the Sconce and Devon Park in Newark since finishing their Diploma in Environmental Conservation in October last year.

Voluntarily they have come on a weekly basis to the Holt to coppice, pollard, lay hedges, create and manage the habitats and harvest willow. This harvested willow will be donated to Eaton Avenue Growers Association who plan to use it to create baskets to sell at the Newark Show this May.

This enterprising team and Peter Dixon Scone and Devon Park Ranger have many ambitions for the Holt which may include using the space for training events and setting up a Friends of Group.

Trent Vale volunteers are looking for a charcoal kiln for a course this Autumn at Newark, Notts. If you know of one that they can borrow please contact Andrew on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also interested in spare timber for bird boxes – thanks.