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Cumbernauld College students go eco at Kilsyth environmental project

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:18 GMT on Wednesday 20th March, 2013.
STUDENTS at Cumbernauld College have been going eco this week, helping improve the landscape around the Auchinstarry Basin, in East Dunbartonshire.

Around twelve students from the ‘Get Ready for Work’ programme helped to carry out the work on the Forth and Clyde Canal, which passes by The Boathouse Restaurant, in Kilsyth, as part of a Green Action project, with the 14-week voluntary opportunity being provided by The Scottish Waterways Trust and their partner organisation, The Conservation Volunteers.

Robert Canevy, from Cumbernauld, is one of the project’s participants. He says that the project is a “great chance” for him to “learned new skills”.

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He said: "The Green Action project has been a great chance for me to do something different and learn new skills which will benefit me.

"I enjoyed taking part in the stone carving as it was really fun and it's nice to know that my work will be admired by visitors to the area for years to come."

As part of the project youngsters aged between 16 and 18, are volunteering every Friday; getting involved in joinery, painting and landscape work.

The latest project is not, however, the first ever such undertaken. Cumbernauld College has worked with The Scottish Waterways Trust for the past two years and students have previously undertaken work to carve letters in stone, to spell out Auchinstarry, which has been installed as part of a pond feature at the site.

Stephen McKnight, senior learning assistant at Cumbernauld College, said: "The project has given the students a chance to build on the employability training we provide."

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