23rd April 2002





Hungarians, Finns and Swedes are invading the forests at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture’s Riseholme Park this week.


Students from eight countries, including the UK, Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, Spain and the Netherlands, have been conducting exchange visits with forestry colleges throughout Europe as part of the EU-funded Leonardo project which supports language training.


Simon Baris and Jonas Suveges from Hungary, Jonas Karlsson and Stefan Nord from Sweden and Satu Kauppinen from Finland will be actively working with the school’s own forestry and arboriculture students during their three-week visit, learning about the English countryside, estate management and tree varieties.


“Riseholme is a beautiful place and I am enjoying being here very much,” said Satu, the only female of the group.  “I am learning a lot about the countryside here and trying very hard to improve my English.”


Five forestry students from Riseholme recently returned from their trip to Sweden where they worked with Swedish forestry students receiving specialist equipment training.


“The aim of the exchange is not only for the students to learn about other cultures and languages but to exchange ideas and information on countryside management,” said Steve Fox, project co-ordinator.  “The students can only benefit from such experiences.”


Next week the group will be travelling to the Lake District to assist the Lakeland water authorities at Thirlmere and find out about traditional arts and crafts.


If you would like to find out more about the project or the forestry courses please contact Steve Fox on 01522 895418.



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