The Mersey Gateway Project

Environmental Trust welcomes Widnes student for summer long work placement

Adam Penney from Widnes this week began a summer long work placement with the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust.

Currently in his third year studying Geography at Bangor University in North Wales, Adam contacted the Trust directly to set up a period of part-time professional placement following his academic interest and aspiration to pursue a career in environmental conservation.

Adam will be working with the Trust until the end of August 2015.

Adam will be working with the Trust until the end of August 2015.

Adam will work with the Trust on a part-time basis and will assist on a vast array of projects such as orchid and butterfly monitoring, which are taking place in conjunction with the construction of the £1.86bn Mersey Gateway Project.

Set up in 2010, the independent charity aims to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment across a 1600-hectare area of the Upper Mersey Estuary running all the way from the Mersey Gateway Bridge up river as far as Warrington.

Yousuf Shaikh, Chair of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust said, “We are delighted to have Adam on board for the summer. We admire his drive and initiative in achieving his placement and we look forward to working with him to contribute to his study and to obtain the vital experience needed to pursue his career.”

“Working with schools and universities is a large part of what the Trust does and we are passionate about creating educational opportunities from citizen science activities, work experience to PhD research.”

Adam said, “The Mersey Gateway Project is one of the biggest civil engineering projects taking place in the UK at the moment and I was extremely interested in the unique Environmental Trust which was set up alongside it; in particular, the work they are doing to conserve the environment around the Project route. Similarly, being from Widnes, i’m proud to be a part of something so iconic happening locally.”

“Working with the Trust is going to be incredibly beneficial to my studies, as not only will I be working in a professional environment and obtaining new skills, the placement will aid my academic achievement as the work I do over the summer will be accredited as part of my course.”

Adam will be working with the Trust until August and joins three other students who are currently working with the Trust on research projects. More student opportunities will be available in 2016.

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