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SRUC Oatridge Students Gain Experience in Hedge Restoration at Local Country Park

Published Wednesday, 11th May 2016 in Oatridge Campus news

Oatridge tree planting

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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