Coleg Gwent Site
Coleg Gwent in Usk is putting students in the forefront of research, becoming the first to launch Conifers for Colleges in Wales - a unique programme led by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) to ensure that the UK nurtures resilient and productive woodlands for future generations.
Monmouth MP David Davis joined students and staff at the planting at Coleg Gwent, and said: "This is excellent news for students at Coleg Gwent who will get hands on experience of cultivating new tree varieties which could drive forward the rural economy."
Chris Knight, Head of Forestry and Countryside Management lecturer at Coleg Gwent, said: “We are delighted to be the first college in Wales to join the Conifers for Colleges project. The chosen site, a former FC Wales plantation trial plot which has suffered extensively from squirrel damage, will lend itself well to monitoring how these alternative conifer species will perform on former agricultural land.
“It’s fantastic experience for our students to be at the forefront of current research in this area as many of them will go on to be future land managers and mangers of British woodlands.”
Amongst those planting the trees was Countryside Management student Connor Barrett, 17, from Aberbargoed, who said: “From clearing the area to setting up stakes for the trees, the project has given me great experience in land and woodland management. I’ve really enjoyed learning about tree work and have even got a job at a tree care company through the skills I’ve gained at college.
“It’ll be interesting to follow the progress of the trees we’ve planted.”