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Avalon Apprentices get fond farewell

Avalon apprentices farewell

Avalon Marshes environmental conservation apprentices Suzie Robson and Shayl Renyard were today given a big send off by staff and volunteers at the Avalon Marshes Centre. After 18 months of hard work and practical training, the two are now well equipped to move onto the next stage of their careers.
Their employment was a new initiative funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership.  The pair have worked on a rotational basis with Somerset Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and Natural England on a variety of practical conservation projects, with Bridgwater College providing the formal qualifications.

Over 50 staff and volunteers gathered to say thank you, goodbye and good luck to Suzie and Shayl with homemade made cakes, and locally made willow baskets full of gifts.  Kevin Anderson from the Avalon Marshes team made the presentation saying that ‘They had made a real difference during their time at the Avalon Marshes, and that the training they have received should give them a fantastic opportunity to follow their chosen careers in environmental and wildlife conservation’.

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