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Students Volunteer To Aid Water Conservation Project

Art students from Corby Business Academy have helped transform Anglian Water’s new Education Centre into a colourful haven.

The centre based at the Corby Waste Water Treatment Works in Weldon Road,  is a new education centre for pupils from schools in Corby and beyond to visit and discover the importance of water conservation.

Paying homage to the theme, the outside of the centre has been decorated by Corby artist Lise Griffiths with a mural depicting wildlife in the changing seasons.

CBA Art students Carl and Dale Page, Viktorija Janoviciute and Head of Art Jackie Brown joined the artist in the creative work along with other volunteers.

They gave up many hours over the summer break to help transform the outside of the centre.

Carl, who along with his brother is a member of the Youth Action Team, which promotes volunteering among young people said: "It was great to be able to do something artistic and we are proud that the centre will be there for many years to come."

Dale said: "Volunteering is great as you get to meet new people, learn new skills and also help the community."

Collette Nicholls, of Anglian Water, said: "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that we face and it's important that the next generation understand the need to conserve water where we can and how we have to appreciate the sewer and the part we can all play in helping it to do its job.

"Yes, these are big themes and big messages, but it's all delivered in a way to inspire our young visitors - and they can even check into the stag beetle hotel and have an ugly bug ball in our wildlife garden!

"We are grateful for the help volunteers from Corby Business Academy gave this summer to make the education centre look stunning."

Mayor of Corby, Cllr Mary Butcher, will be grabbing a paintbrush and putting the finishing touches to the mural at an official opening of the centre on September 25.

Cllr Butcher said: "This new education centre is a great idea and I'm sure young students will love visiting it. It is important to teach our young people about the environment and help them realise how little changes they can make in their own everyday lives, like saving water, can make a difference.

"I am very pleased to be opening this centre and would like to congratulate everyone involved in bringing it to life."

Visits to the Education Centre include a guided tour, practical activities, problem solving and decision making linked to the study of water. Sessions are delivered by a qualified teacher and are designed to link with the National Curriculum. To book telephone 01525 252107 or email linsladeec@anglianwater.co.uk

Visit the gallery section in the Amid section of this website to view more photos of the team in action.