My final blog!

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It’s hard to believe that my 11 month placement is finally up – it has been a great experience working with the Sustainability Service. Although I am sad to leave, I am also looking forward to my final year of Geography BSc. I never thought I’d say this, but I am actually excited to learn again! This year has given me some valuable experience working in a professional environment within a large institution that should benefit me in the future.

It’s hard to pick my ‘highlight of the year’ as there have been so many great opportunities. One thing I have particularly enjoyed is helping to arrange the monthly Coffee Breaks. These have been opportunities for me to explore my creative arts and crafts side that I hadn’t touched since school! The past two have had a great turnout, and have been fun for everyone taking part, myself included! During the first interactive session we showed attendees how to recycle plastic bottles into flower pots.

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In the next session, we showed people how to make bug hotels to take home and put in their gardens. This Friday (31st July), we have a wildflower meadow management activity planned to remove prolific plant species from the wildflower meadow to the left of SOEE entrance/behind the Students’ Union. The plan is to continue the interactive element of these sessions and also link them with the different aspects of campus biodiversity, such as the bees. We have a honey tasting session planned for the future, so please keep an eye on our social media pages or email sustainability@leeds.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list to find out about future events!

Doing a placement at the University has allowed me to stay in the loop and continue to work in a familiar location, whilst also giving me the opportunity to explore new areas. All in all, it’s been a rewarding 11 months working with a great team. I’d highly recommend working with them if the opportunity comes around!