To celebrate student volunteering week we caught up with Cybeles Nunziata who has been helping us to tidy the waterways around Leicester.
"I thought it was a great thing to get involved with, helping to tidy up this little haven for nature where everyone can go and enjoy some peace and quiet." Cybeles Nunziata
What are you studying at university – and where?
I’m studying a MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design at De Montfort University.
Tell us a bit about the volunteer work you’ve been doing with the Trust?
We’ve been working near the Soar River, cleaning the towpath and picking up litter. We also did some planting in some areas, built bird boxes and placed them in the trees. On one of the days we went out on a boat so that we could collect litter that had been thrown into the water.
When did you start volunteering with us?
We started in October and volunteered for six weeks altogether.
What attracted you to the volunteer role?
I though it was a great thing to get involved with, helping to tidy up this little haven for nature where everyone can go and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s a way for me to contribute as a citizen of Leicester and maybe make people conscious of the work that is done to remove the rubbish that they leave so carelessly lying around.
What have you learned from your time with us?
Team work firstly, then even more respect and appreciation for anyone who works permanently in this type of role. I’ve learned how to plant and how to clean without hurting my back. Also about enjoying the little things in life, like being out in the open air.
This article was published in 2016
Last date edited: 5 February 2018