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Sustainability efforts boost Wrexham Glyndwr University's green credentials

15 May 2017

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Students with a passion for wildlife and the environment are helping to drive forward sustainability at a North Wales university.

The group at Wrexham Glyndwr University have been leading a series of green-focused activities over the last few months, including Earth Hour and the creation of a new wildflower garden.

Wildlife and Plant Biology Student Dan Shutt collected seeds over a period of a few months for the garden at the university’s Northop campus.

The facility is the product of a partnership between Wrexham Glyndwr University’s ZooSoc and Botanical society, recently awarded the title of most improved society at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Students’ Union awards.

In March, students marked Earth Hour 2017 by stargazing with sparklers and playing board games instead of watching TV or using their computers

And students are now working in collaboration with Flintshare, a community-led growing scheme based on site at the university in Northop.

Using the group’s knowledge of producing fruit and vegetables, students are carrying out research into plant disease and effective pest control.

This year’s World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) event marked a decade of Earth Hour celebrations which tries to highlight the importance of climate change and how to battle it.

Dennis Powell, site supervisor at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Northop campus, said: “Northop is the home of the university’s rural and land-based studies so sustainability and the environment is at the heart of our everything we do. It’s fantastic to see so many of our students playing an active role in helping to preserve the environment for future generations.

“The wildflower has been particularly successful. Wildflower gardens are particularly important in supporting dwindling populations of native pollinators and ultimately benefit human populations as well as the environment.

“It was set up to mark Go Green week and featured on the website of People and Planet, the student campaign group for the environment.”

Wrexham Glyndwr University students are also helping with the construction of a new £34,000 science garden which will become part of Techniquest Glyndwr.

A derelict outdoor space on the university’s Wrexham campus is being transformed into an outdoor educational space which will feature working exhibits of equipment that will illustrate the primary scientific themes of biodiversity, renewable energy and recycling.

For more information about activities at Wrexham Glyndwr University Northop visit https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Campusesandfacilities/GlyndwrUniversityNorthop/

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