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Canal College: Removing Invasive Trees and Vegetation

Charlie Lyons, Youth Outreach Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, explains how the Canal College candidates worked on a natural heritage conservation project at Larbert Hospital.

Removing invasive species of tree allows Scottish oak trees to flourish and improves biodiversity.

The canal college candidates worked with Land and Forestry ranger (Gordon Harper) to identify and remove invasive trees which are not natural to Scotland. By doing so this allows Scottish oak trees to flourish and improve biodiversity for our wildlife. The candidates also took part in a fun exercise to build benches from woodland resources without speaking. This helped them to develop non verbal communication skills while using construction and problem solving techniques. Candidates were split into three groups that all managed to build a bench strong enough to support a very brave ranger. We have worked with Land and Forestry several times now and as the result of our achievements we have an open invitation to return and help with a range of essential woodland maintenance tasks. The canal college candidates also learned about woodland management from the rangers.

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By Charlie Lyons, Youth Outreach Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

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