Norwich City College construction students go hands-on to show support

Construction students from City College Norwich are showing support for the green cause and leaving a lasting legacy on the city's landscape.

More than 30 budding construction workers aged 15-16 are busy making the wooden supports which Norwich City Council will use in planting 300 young trees this winter.

The students are all in year 11 and enrolled on the college's Step Up Construction course, where local high school teenagers attend college one day a week, getting a taste of working life in the open air away from the four walls of the classroom which can suffocate an outdoors-man.

Aspiring carpenter Luke Hubbard, from Elizabeth Fry Road, is one who worked on the first of the supports which will be used for eight new young hornbeams planted at the edge of the open space at Stirling Road, Old Catton.

Mr Hubbard 15, a student at City of Norwich School (CNS), said: 'It feels good doing this, they will be all over Norwich. I'm proud of what I've done.

'It can be a bit tough, but is better than regular school. I prefer to work with my hands than a pen. I've made a DVD rack, coat hooks and bird box, which are all being used in my house. My confidence goes right up working in a team and getting hands on.' At the college on Ipswich Road, the students will use 15,000 screws in the work and the timber, if laid out end to end, would stretch a combined distance of almost three miles.

Dick Palmer, college principal said: 'They will see the product of their hard work used across the city, directly contributing to improvements to last for years to come.'

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