Rhyl students craft new feature for biodiversity development

Students have helped craft a new feature to support a Rhyl biodiversity development.

Coleg Llandrillo Rhyl students joined together with Denbighshire County Council Countryside Services to help build a new feature at a local biodiversity project.

Countryside staff are currently working on bringing back to life am area to the south of Brickfield Pond Nature Reserve to support and improve local biodiversity.

The work includes clearing of an undergrowth area to allow for a new path to be built linking to an old community orchard and pond.

A wooden bridge will be constructed to carry the path into the orchard that will become a circular route around the pond. Staff and volunteers are also clearing water courses in the area to encourage Water Voles to the new habitat.

The Rhyl students who are on the Pathway to Construction Course, joined Countryside staff to construct a new wooden fence at the entrance to the redeveloped orchard site.

Countryside Ranger Vitor Evora said: “It was great to have the support of the students and the college to enable us to get this wooden fence up to really highlight this redeveloped land area at Brickfield Pond.

“The students were really good to work with, it is fantastic to have this local partnership opportunity with the college and I hope they took away some new found skills by taking part in this build.”

Tom Parry, Pathway to Construction Programme Leader said: “Our Pathway to Construction students have engaged and enjoyed the whole process of this project right from the planning stage all the way through to the construction phase of the fencing. This kind of project gives them the opportunity to improve on their team building skills and to also help maintain a valuable local community asset.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “It is great to see local students getting involved with such an important project at the reserve which will add to the local biodiversity. I’d like to thank the college for their support in helping our Countryside staff make fantastic difference to this site at Brickfield Pond. “