Nantwich students took time off from studies to help save the threatened native bluebell flower.

More than 20 Reaseheath College animal management students teamed up with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) to plant 1,000 bulbs near Helsby.

It was part of the heritage lottery funded ‘Green Giants’ youth project, run in partnership with BTCV Cheshire to encourage young people to engage with their natural heritage.

Reaseheath’s students learn how to conserve British habitat and its wildlife alongside their work with the exotic species in the Nantwich college’s zoo.

The English bluebell is threatened both by loss of habitat and by cross breeding with the vigorous Spanish bluebell which has escaped into the countryside from people’s gardens.

Lecturer Alice Gylee said: “This kind of project encourages students to look after the planet and also gives them a real insight into the importance of the work done by volunteers.

“The students really enjoyed working with the BTCV and hopefully we can look forward to working with them again.”

Pete Attwood, BTCV Cheshire projects manager, said: “We are very grateful for the students’ help. We have worked with Reasheath’s animal management students before and look forward to working again with them in the future.”

Student Katie Lloyd, 18, said: “This has been a really good bonding experience for us because we have all had to work as a team.”

(PIC: Reaseheath animal management students Katie Lloyd and Chris Kirkham plant bluebells)

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