Apprentice Week: My Apprenticeship with DCRT

Tackling invasive species, working with volunteers and performing habitat enhancement, have all been a part of my apprenticeship with the Don Catchment Rivers Trust. I have been with the Trust since October 2017, and have worked on lots of exiting projects such as the Living Heritage of the River Don and the Moss Valley project (read more here). Over my time in the trust my knowledge and passion for the environment has been enhanced and has given me more drive to do my best to improve our local environment.

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Me, removing Himalayan Balsam at Wardsend Cemetery

Over the time I have worked for the trust I have been on lots of training courses to learn new skills such as getting a brush cutter and chainsaw tickets, my pesticide spraying qualification and my first aid. I have also been on lots of useful nature courses such as the bat ID training and a hydrology training course.

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Me and some volunteers at the start of a Bat survey I led last year

I have been employed on the new project Hidden Heritage and Secret Streams as a level 3 apprentice. It means I will have a larger role in the project and will be working more independently. This year I’m doing units such as managing volunteer groups which I have started to do by taking a larger role in working with the Friends of the Don Valley Way. I will also be completing some plant surveys in the new project area.

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Me, cutting back vegetation in Sheffield at the beginning of my Apprenticeship

By Anthony Cox

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