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Stansted Airport College students prove they are model citizens with environment project

Students at Stansted Airport college stepped out of the classroom to take on an environmental project.

Around 84 trainees took part alongside 20 volunteers from Manchester Airports Group staff and the airport's environmental team.

Together they erected "beastie boxes" for wildlife in the woods around the airport, planted conkers to replace trees damaged by disease and cleared footpaths.

The students were taking part in a Social Action Project as the third phase of their National Citizen Service programme.

National Citizen Service at Stansted Airport (22614476)
National Citizen Service at Stansted Airport (22614476)

A spokesman for Harlow College, which runs the airport campus, said: "We came up with the idea which would link with our trainees full-time programme and support our partners at MAG with their environmental challenges, and the Climate Change Act 2008.

"NCS social action campaigns involve young people working together to help their community. This could mean helping the community by raising awareness for charity or supporting social causes on the ground. Young people are encouraged to act on something they are passionate about so that they will be motivated to continue their campaign after the programme."

As part of their campaign, in addition to getting their hands dirty and raising awareness, the students also worked for charity by planting daffodil bulbs to promote Marie Curie.

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