Published Wednesday, 11th May 2016 in Oatridge Campus news
Countryside and Environmental Management students at SRUC Oatridge Campus have been gaining valuable experience managing a hedge restoration project at Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow.
The real-world opportunity began when HND students created a
proposal to carry out restoration on a remnant and dilapidated hedgerow – in
line with Scottish Rural Development Programme guidelines.
This in turn allowed Beecraigs – which also runs a deer farm
and an animal attraction – to receive funding for the project.
The students’ proposal was based on the fact that hedgerow
creation and restoration are essential for local wildlife – providing suitable
habitat, cover and wildlife corridors.
The HND students worked on a 17-week plan, which also
included useful management experience when the whole department helped to plant
the 1100 trees needed to replace the hedgerow.
Part of the project included the construction of a new deer
proof fence by contractors – working alongside the students – to protect the
hedge as it grows.
John McGregor, Environmental Lecturer at SRUC Oatridge
Campus, said: “Throughout the project our students worked with Beecraigs Country
Park gaining great experience of consultancy in the workplace.
“This project demonstrates one of the major strengths of
Oatridge – combining its links to the surrounding country parks with practical
examples of how projects are carried out in the real-life.”
Photo: SRUC Oatridge students planting some of
the 1100 trees needed to replace the hedgerow at Beecraigs Country Park.
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