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Students contribute to Abbotsford woodland walks

Students on the Skills for Learning & Work 2 programme at Borders College recently got involved in making improvements to the woodland walk at Abbotsford House as part of their John Muir Award.

Skills for Learning & Work students at Abbotsford House

Pictured left to right are: Matthew McDonald, Scott Goodfellow, Logan Bell, Robert Frew, Danielle Cairns, Scott Goodfellow, Jonavan Barnes (Lecturer), Matthew Tunnock and Darren Mould.

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds which aims to encourage people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.  Borders College and Abbotsford House enjoy a strong working relationship, with Abbotsford House regularly providing work placements for students and apprentices.

Works completed by Skills for Learning and Work students at Abbotsford's woodland walksBeginning in October last year, the group worked for 6 weeks alongside Abbotsford Estate Ranger Tim Owen (previously a lecturer in the College’s Access department) to help build a bridge on new woodland paths as well as clear the waterfall – a feature thought to have been installed at the estate by Sir Walter Scott himself.

Tim explains that the students’ work in maintaining the woodland walks, as well as their help with general woodland management, will enhance biodiversity and help to encourage wildlife into the woodland.  He said of the students and their efforts:

“I would like to thank the group for their work over the six weeks, they have been very well behaved, showed enthusiasm towards their work and have been much appreciated by all here at Abbotsford.”

Programme Leader Joan Cairney added:

“Well done to all the students for their hard work and enthusiasm, who have done themselves and Borders College proud.”

You can see for yourself the work the students have put in when the Abbotsford estate gardens re-open on 1 March 2018.

To find out more about Supported Programmes at Borders College, visit or telephone 08700 50 51 52.

Published: Mon 12th Feb, 2018