Immersion in all things volunteering for University of the Highlands and Islands students
Recently I gave a talk to students from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) about how volunteering works with the Woodland Trust. After this, we headed out for an enjoyable day’s ancient tree recording in Glen Nevis, the beautiful glen below our highest mountain. The day was organised by Jessica Maxwell, Project Manager at Loch Arkaig, and Rory Stewart, who works for the Nevis Landscape Partnership, but also teaches the students as well as being a Woodland Trust volunteer at Loch Arkaig!
The students were fantastic and got stuck into the tree recording with great enthusiasm, even though, earlier in the morning, they’d been helping to clean out an old curling pond!
The students are studying for a National Certificate in Countryside Management (SCQF Level 5) and the day went towards their study for the unit of Volunteering in Environmental Conservation (SCQF level 5), which forms part of the National Certificate or can be studied as a Unit on its own.
I really enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to meet such inspiring, young people. Most of the group have now signed up as members of our Loch Arkaig Woodland Working Group, which is fantastic!
Scotland Volunteering Development Officer