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A local group’s continued commitment to conservation in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has secured them a third John Muir Award in the space of four years.
Thirteen residents from St Davids Care in the Community achieved the Conserve award following a two-year programme with the National Park, with support from the National Trust and Pembrokeshire College students working towards their Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.
National Park Voluntary Warden and project co-ordinator Liz Taylor said: “This huge achievement is the culmination of four years of dedication to the John Muir Award. The group has worked incredibly hard on this project, which has expanded considerably since it first began.
“For the students, I would say this project has become an integral part of their curriculum. I must also highlight the contributions made by the National Trust and National Park Ranger Ian Meopham, without which this would not have been possible.” The group received their John Muir certificates at a Share day presentation at Pembrokeshire College’s Merlin Theatre on June 5th. Fellow organiser and senior College lecturer Kate Williams, said " Our Health and Social Care students have worked amazingly with St Davids Care in the Community, their hard work has contributed hugely to the success of their resident's achievement.
The event included presentations by the students and residents who explained the range of work they had undertaken and outlined the valuable lessons they had learned. The conservation work includes creating a wild meadow from scratch, a considerable ‘tidy-up’ project at Southwood Farm, Newgale, tree felling and step building at Prendergast Woods in Solva and learning about biodiversity through pond dipping near the Bishop’s Palace in St Davids. The residents from St Davids Care in the Community were also presented with OCN certificates, having completed a range of qualifications with the help of Pembrokeshire College students.
National Park Authority Chief Executive Tegryn Jones said: “It is a pleasure to see this group’s commitment to conservation in the National Park, which also earned them the National Park Local Heroes Award earlier this year.
“The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a very special place, but it can only stay special if people look after it. This hard working group has set a great example of what can be done to conserve its special qualities.”