The Foundation Studies team from Wiltshire College & University Centre has been recognised for its community work at the South West in Bloom awards.
Staff and students from the Lackham campus were presented with an ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award at Melksham Town Council’s AGM for their 'outstanding' work on restoring a riverside walk in the town.
Melksham Town Council was delighted to present Cora Thorne, who was a student at the College last year and took part in the project, and Foundation Studies lecturer Michelle Maslen, with a certificate on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society and South West in Bloom for its 'outstanding' work.
Lisa Cox, Deputy Head of Foundation Studies, was also at the presentation evening and said: “It is great to see the hard work that students have completed within their local community, recognised.
“They not only developed their practical skills, but a wide range of transferrable skills including team work, time management, health and safety.
“We are continuing to maintain the riverside walk through this academic year with some of our students and have been approached about another exciting project to support the town.”
The It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign provided an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved in improving their local environment through community gardening.
The Foundation Studies department teamed up with Melksham Town Council to work on restoring a section of the bank along the River Avon where the Wiltshire and Berkshire canals form.
Students spent one day a week from April to June, removing weeds and tiding up overgrown borders and path edges.