On Wednesday 27th January 2016, The Landscape Group (TLG) welcomed a group of students from London’s Bow School to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. During the visit, the students listened to TLG staff talk about their roles in maintaining the Park.
A group of 6 students attended the visit and heard from Edward Kelly, Waterways Ranger who covered how the Waterways in the Park are maintained. 10 other students were in the park and learnt about horticulture from Andy Churchman, Head Gardener and Peter Newark, Arboricultural Ranger.
During the waterways discussion, the students discovered how the waterways are managed and cleaned; how to check for invasive insects and traps; how biodiversity is managed and how insure safety on the water. At the end of the presentation, the students had the chance to practice throwing rescue lines and also have a short go at driving a boat.
During the horticulture discussion, the students were given the opportunity to mulch the Pleasure Gardens within the Park and also understand the reasons why mulch in needs. The students also received a health and safety briefing about using tools and then got to learn about the trees and plants in the Park.
TLG’s Branch Manager, Elliot Hale comments:
“The day was very positive with a lot covered including teamwork and team building.
“It’s really beneficial to have students from local schools volunteering with our staff, who are always pleased to share part of their working day with them.”