Walsall College bricklaying students gave a helping hand to the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, when they volunteered to help recreate the historic Fosseway Heath and Gallows Wharf.
As part of their work experience programme, the Level 1 and 2 students joined other volunteers to rebuild the supporting brick walls to the original southern towpath at Fosseway.
In preparation for the Britain in Bloom competition, students helped to recreate the city’s historic Gallows Wharf and incorporated flower beds to form its Garden of Reflection area. The garden will become part of Lichfield’s entry for the nationwide community gardening competition, which is led by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The trust began work on the nature reserve last year after receiving an £18,500 grant from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving body funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Barry Hill, Curriculum Manager for Construction at Walsall College, said: “As an Outstanding training provider, we ensure our students not only learn about the theoretical aspect of the subject they are studying, but also gain practical knowledge they need to enter the industry.
This volunteering experience was a good opportunity for the students to experience life in construction, and to learn about the various techniques and methods involved in brickwork.
Walsall College would like to thank the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust for this opportunity, and for being incredibly helpful.”
Walsall College offers a range of Construction courses, from vocational courses for school leavers to adult learning courses. For more information about enrolling on a course at Walsall College, please call 01922 657000.