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College’s Supported Learning students help keep Canterbury clean

More than a dozen students got to get out into the city centre in an effort to spruce up a park.

Learners from Canterbury College’s Supported Learning department descended on Dane John Gardens with litter pickers in hand, becoming role models for the community.

The session – held on November 5 - is one of a number of ongoing litter picking events conducted by the department as they educate their students and staff in caring for the environment.

Clearing away many bags of rubbish during the visit, the effort is hoped to be repeated every fortnight.

Head of the Supported Learning department Amanda Fordham said: “We’re incredibly proud of our students’ work and enthusiasm during these litter picking days.

“It allows them to experience nature and the joy of improving their community, both in terms of the environment and beauty.

“It’s a good way of creating teaching moments outside of the classroom, and we believe it makes them more responsible and well-rounded people.”

The most recent session came days after Canterbury College and the wider EKC Group launched its Sustainability Strategy, which will see the Group become carbon net zero by 2040.

As part of the Strategy, sustainability and environmental awareness will be embedded in each subject’s curriculum, creating staff and students who can become pioneers in their future lives and careers.

For more information about the Supported Learning department, click here.