CBA Supports Woodland Project
The students were invited to join Corby Borough Council's Community Coppice at Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods, opposite the boating lake.
The event marked the start of a woodland management programme which aims to regenerate the area to encourage people to start using it again.
The students - Charlie Prentice, Hannah Moore, Josh Cresswell, Julia Komor, Amy Moore, Aaron Baker and Ellie Macleod - joined Corby's Deputy Mayor John McGhee, the Friends of Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods, the Forestry Commission and Sir Lyonel Tollemache from the Royal Forestry Society.
The group included members of the Academy's Senate, along with Aaron, who is a keen member of the Gardening Club, and Ellie, who has excelled at science.
They helped to cut down, chop up and burn shrubbery and small trees so that the area is reduced to a low level.
The management of the trees will continue so that in a few years' time, what is grown can be sold for thatching and rural crafts.
Ian Dudley, from forestry management consultants Lockhart Garratt, said: "One of the main things outlined in the plan for these woods was that we wanted to get young people to take an interest in the area so they use it themselves with their children when they've grown up.
"Taking part in a project like this helps their environmental awareness and gives them an understanding of 15 acres of woodland that is on their doorstep.
"They are making a positive contribution to the borough and get the chance to work with different groups."
Mr Dudley said they are in talks with CBA about introducing a vocational conservation training programme, with plans to arrange visits to the Academy by ecologists.