With COP26 on our minds and with so much discussion regarding climate change, it is terrific to see youngsters getting involved at local level.
Four local Year 12 students are currently undertaking their 12 month volunteering component related to their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Right here on the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge, we support individual and collective learning and development opportunities.
As we go forward, it is vital that we attract the support and engagement of wider and representative age profiles from our communities.
During the October half term, the students succeeded in constructing two 'leaky dams' on the Mill Brook (Phase 1) in support of the ongoing flood defence schemes managed by TWiG (Tattenhall Wildlife Group).
These dams provided both a logistical and physical challenge and, apart from the satisfaction of completing a task which helps the community, fun was had by all; well, despite getting wet feet and at least one bruised finger! Importantly too, this outcome fits perfectly with current thinking related to COP26 (CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
Fear not, risk assessments were all in place, as were the necessary DBS checks and permissions for the use of any photographs.
Keep watching this space for updates as they work toward their Award designation.
For information — both Phase 1 and Phase 2a of the Mill Brook Flood Defence Works are complete but, of course, will require constant management and upkeep.
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT PHASE 1 (COMPLETED IN 2016).
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MAP OF THE PHASE 2A FLOOD MANAGEMENT WORKS (COMPLETED IN 2021).