Coleg Menai students have been helping with environmental work at Parc Padarn in Llanberis for the benefit of the community.

The students: Jack, Lauren, Lowri, Seren, Sophia, Cadi, Ceri, Andrew and Jessica are in their first year of studying for an Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism. As part of the Welsh Baccalaureate students must display the ability to work independently and as part of a team in order to complete several challenges.

The ‘Community Challenge’ asks students to plan and work on any project that’s of benefit to the wider community and/or the environment. It’s also an opportunity for students to discover more about the types of environmental work in country parks and about natural attractions in rural areas.

The students were kept busy for four days, undertaking a variety of outdoor tasks under the supervision of Gwynedd Council staff, who manage the country park in Llanberis. With the help of Paul Sivyer, Parc Padarn Assistant Manager, and his team, the students managed to clear several footpaths near Dinorwig, the Glyn site in Llanberis and the entrance to Craig y Llew in Fachwen. The footpaths had become overgrown with holly and buddleia, the latter being deemed as an invasive species in the UK.

Barry Davies, Principal Maritime and Country Parks Officer, said: “The effort, enthusiasm and the hard work of the students has ensured that areas within the park have been improved for the benefit of the community. Their effort has also improved the local environment significantly.

“It was sad that we had to report recently of vandalism at Parc Padarn. But on a more positive note it has been encouraging to see young people working together and enjoying work which was a bit different from the norm.”

The students had benefited from their time at Parc Padarn. Lauren said: “I have really enjoyed the experience and it was fun doing the environmental work. My favourite part of the work was clearing a path near Dinorwig, working and walking down towards the Quarry Hospital Museum – the area and the views were lovely.”

Sharon Jones, of Coleg Menai, said: “It’s always a pleasure to hear about students enjoying and appreciating new experiences.”