IMPROVEMENTS are being made to Eglinton Country Park thanks to the hard work of students from Ayrshire College’s Police Studies course.
Each Monday over a seven-week period, the students have arrived eager to do their bit for the community.
The group have braved the elements to improve a vital path that’s connected to the castle and Tournament Bridge.
Speaking during week three, Rosie Forsyth, 17 from Paisley, commented: “At the moment we’re clearing a path to provide a greater level of accessibility to the public, so that prams and wheelchairs can comfortably pass here. It’s been great fun.”
Rangers at the Country Park have supported the students by provided tools and valuable safety information to allow them to complete the work to the best of their abilities.
One student – 18 year-old Connor McClung from Maybole – commented that he is “proud to be helping others” during this project.
Reed Wyper, 18 from Kilmarnock, said: “This has definitely shown me a different approach to working together. We’ve separated into groups yet we’re still working together to achieve the same goal. There’s a great sense of teamwork here.”
The group’s lecturer, Christine McLellan, only recently joined Ayrshire College, and she has been thoroughly impressed by what she’s seen from the volunteers.
She said: “This has proved to be a very positive and worthwhile experience not only for the students but the rangers and public also.
“The weather hasn’t been too kind to us working in the cold and rain during the volunteering period, but the students have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to this volunteering project.
“Overall, I think we can say that the partnership between Ayrshire College and Eglinton Country Park has been a success and worked extremely well.”
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