FOUNDATION Degree students from Duchy College Rosewarne were given a 'ranger's eye view' of how the National Trust manages its sections of the Cornish coast path recently as part of their studies.
Conservation and Countryside Management students met with Julie Hanson, Trust Ranger for coastline properties between Porthleven and Marazion. Julie took the students for a walk along a section of the coast path and spoke about how the trust caters for a range of visitors which includes walkers, horse riders, beach goers, campers, archaeologists, climbers, anglers and coasteerers.
Lecturer Gavin Nicol explained: “As always, Julie was highly receptive to our students' ideas and comments. As a result of the visit one student will return to conduct research into the effects of horse grazing on coastal plant life while another was invited to submit a proposal for an innovative photographic project which came up in conversation. Julie also described some of the educational activities she provides for school and college groups along this stunning section of coastline. It was an excellent insight.”
Student Jamie Pikesley, 20, from Mylor said: “It was an interesting talk, really helpful to hear about the schemes they get involved with to encourage people to use the countryside.”
Andrew Counsell, Head of Duchy College, said: “Students gain great understanding by talking with people in industry, what a fascinating visit for the students.”
All undergraduate courses at Duchy College are awarded by the Plymouth University.
For further details about the university courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne phone 0845 605 0455 or visit www.duchy.ac.uk
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