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Well done to the Duke of Edinburgh group who have completed their Volunteer section of their Bronze award. The group have been litter picking around the outdoor parks and green spaces in Nottingham. A different park has been chosen every session, weather permitting. The group are official Nottingham City Council Clean Up Champions. Their hard work and dedication to keeping Nottingham’s outdoor spaces clean has been excellent, with positive praise coming from Nottingham City Council and members of the public. The students diaries that show exactly where they have been volunteering across the city will be sent to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards team and sectional certificates for the Bronze award will be issued before the Easter holidays.

Congratulations are in order for the following students who have completed their OCR Entry Level 3 – Insert Plant Material. The certificates have been issued for: Corey Quigley, Reece Kendrick, Raushan Burgess and Gabe Devenport. This unit is part of the OCR Life and Living Skills Award with students requiring 6 units to complete. This cohort have completed 3 units, the remaining units will be evidenced via the on going classroom and allotment work in: Caring for Plant Material and Getting to a Destination Safely.

All of the Forest School groups have been accessing the allotments and Forest School area however the weather has been too cold to stay in one place. Therefore the group have been accessing the St Anns allotment area (the largest Victorian allotments in the world!) and using a map of the area to navigate and find their way around. The area has steep hills and has been great exercise for all the groups participating. The area is unique and Grade 2 listed with so much to see and investigate. When the students have become familiar with the map reading and walking, they have been introduced to photo’s of local landmarks on worksheets, so the students had to tick off whenever they have found the corresponding area/item of interest e.g. notices, buildings, signs.