Teenagers make all the difference

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AN important wetland near Ponteland is looking ship-shape thanks to a group of teenagers.

Twenty students from Newcastle College volunteered to help Northumberland Wildlife Trust with a scheme to clear a site in Prestwick Carr to safeguard the environment and create a recreation area.

The land is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a rich diversity of wildlife.

The scheme is seeking to create a connected, flourishing series of wetlands, grasslands and hedgerow habitats that will act as a natural carbon store, help flood defences and provide a nature park.

College volunteers helped the organisation with woodland management by removing and felling trees to help restore bogs that have dried out.

Lou Chapman from Northumberland Wildlife Trust said: “This is a vast project and we rely on volunteers to help us achieve our goals, so we were really appreciative of the support the students gave.”