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Eden Animal Rescue Gets Helping Hand from Newton Rigg College Students

Date: 26th January 2017

A partnership between Newton Rigg College and Eden Animal Rescue is assisting with a tree planting scheme at the charity's new centre near Temple Sowerby, Penrith.

Richard Hunter, Judy Gray (volunteer) with Ben, James Platt (student), Alison Reed with Rusty, and Liam McDonald (student)

Richard Hunter, Lecturer in Forestry & Arboriculture and Level 3 Forestry students are helping with the scheme which will see over 3,000 hedge plants and trees planted this year, and 0.5ha of woodland. 

The charity received nearly £47k from Support Adoption for Pets to develop the outdoor enrichment area for dogs waiting to be re-homed.  The Woodland Trust will also be working with Eden Animal Rescue, providing a large proportion of the trees over the next two years. The students are helping to plant trees and hedges within the paddocks used to exercise the dogs and the ‘lead walk park area’.  Later in the year they will be taking part in a competition to design a planting scheme of 0.5ha of trees. 

Richard Hunter commented: “This is a great opportunity for the students to help a fantastic local charity and gain some valuable tree planting experience”.

Alison Reed, Team Leader (Animal Care) for Eden Animal Rescue said: “The funding we have received from Support Adoption for Pets and the work the college is doing with us will make a huge difference to the animals in our care and their development.”.

“The aim of this project is to provide as much enrichment as possible for the dogs while our staff and volunteers are working with them in the outdoor environment.  The tree planting and development of the landscape will recreate the ‘outside world’ which sadly some of the dogs that end up in the centre cannot cope with or have not seen before.  We need to help them over-come their fears and give them a chance to enjoy life and find their permanent new home.  We will now be able to do much more behaviour training work with the dogs to help them achieve this.”

Rob Holder a volunteer with the charity has carrying out landscaping work at the site with other volunteers to create a pleasant, inspirational and wildlife friendly environment where animals and people can benefit. He said “Eden Animal Rescue and the new centre is “dear to many people’s hearts” and he hopes to capture this within the landscaping, encompassing the past, present and future. The support from volunteers, the local community and Newton Rigg College is making a real difference to the animals and people at the centre.  Eden Animal Rescue would like to thank everyone who supports the charity helping it to achieve its aims – we rescue, we care, we re-home.

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