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Colleges win at Wilder Kent awards

Five of EKC Group’s Colleges have been recognised by an awards scheme aimed at boosting Kent’s wildlife.

The Wilder Kent awards, run by the Kent Wildlife Trust, are a countywide initiative aimed at boosting environmental efforts in schools and organisations.

After a strong showing last year, this year’s haul has proven to be even better!

Dover Technical College was given a commendation, meanwhile our Colleges in Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury and Folkestone received the bronze award – worthy recognition during a time of increased environmental efforts across the Group.

With every department across our six Colleges completing sustainability pledges, social action projects have also been giving wildlife a lift. Train stations, including Dover Priory and Charing, have been given a boost by planting projects carried out by students, meanwhile litter picks have been held on beaches and in parks across the county.

Many of EKC Group’s Colleges now boast bug hotels, and efforts have been made to reforest and replant in suitable areas of each College. In Broadstairs College, staff and students have installed bat, bird, and dormouse boxes to promote the populations resident nearby.

While the Wilder Kent award wins are very well received, there are no signs of slowing down in the ongoing campaign to create environmentally friendlier campuses and communities.

Canterbury College Principal, Victoria Copp-Crawley, said: “Our ongoing efforts to promote biodiversity and environmental awareness have been led by our passionate student body, and this award demonstrates the good work we've been achieving in the local community. We hope to build on this success in the coming years, and create a greener future."

Emily Johnson, Principal at Broadstairs College, said: “We're incredibly proud of this achievement, winning this Bronze Award for the second year running recognises the ongoing dedication and hard work put in by our whole College community to boost the biodiversity in the local area. We look forward to building on this year’s successes with Wilder Kent, to further embed the importance of biodiversity and community action in everything we do here at Broadstairs College”

To view EKC Group’s Sustainability Strategy, click here.