Park landscaping project will train volunteers

A group of volunteers has started work on an outdoor learning space in Panshanger Park which will teach them valuable landscaping skills.

The Panshanger Park Green Team
The Panshanger Park Green Team

The 'Green Team' group will complete the work while on a 12-week employment training scheme run by charity Groundwork and and building materials company Lafarge Tarmac which mixes practical work with qualifications and real-life work skills.

Panshanger Park, in Hertfordshire, is part working-quarry and part public park and is run jointly by The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and land owners Lafarge Tarmac.

Members of the Green Team will work together to help create an outdoor classroom for a park 'school'. The team will learn hard and soft landscaping skills, create a fire pit, construct two shelters and make a grand entrance to the outdoor classroom from natural materials.

They will work towards City & Guilds qualifications in land-based studies and employability skills as well as a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card – crucial for work in the construction industry. They will also improve their maths and English through Functional Skills qualifications, to help boost job prospects.

Lafarge Tarmac is also offering a tour of one of its working quarry sites and will give trial job interviews at the end of the scheme.

Head of estates south region at Lafarge Tarmac, Alan Everard, said: "As a local employer itself, Lafarge Tarmac is delighted to be working with Groundwork Hertfordshire’s Green Team to provide practical work experience in an outdoor environment at Panshanger Park.

"We hope the opportunity to work on this developing community asset will help these young people to gain relevant qualifications and experience which will help their job prospects".

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