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Tree to be planted at Lincoln university for West Norfolk student

A West Norfolk student will have a tree planted in her name at a university campus.

Danielle Sparkes, 20, of Marshland St James is one of 31 postgraduate students who are being recognised at the University of Lincoln's Riseholme Campus.

The environmental tree-planting initiative came as part of the university’s work to help raise awareness of the current climate emergency and to make a positive impact on the global challenge.

Danielle Sparkes. Picture: University of Lincoln
Danielle Sparkes. Picture: University of Lincoln

The student, who holds an offer to study on the MSc Agri-food Technology course, said: "I was really pleased to see the tree planting initiative. I know I’ll be spending a lot of time at the Riseholme Campus - I’ve already visited a few times before and I hope to see the trees up there soon."

With experience in the soft fruit and farming industries already, Danielle hopes to pursue a career in the supermarket supply chain or the food production sector.

She added: “I initially wanted to do a masters degree focusing on the supply chain but then I discovered this course which covers everything from field to fork.

The Riseholme Campus where Danielle's trees will be planted. Picture: University of Lincoln
The Riseholme Campus where Danielle's trees will be planted. Picture: University of Lincoln

"After studying Business and Finance for three years, I’m keen to do something more practical, and I think having the undergraduate degree in Business and a masters in Agri-food will give me a good all-round industry knowledge.

"The course starts from crop science and goes right through the supply chain, so it will enable me to leave my options open in terms of next steps.”

Professor Libby John, vice chancellor and head of the college of science at the University of Lincoln, said: “I am delighted that we are able to demonstrate our passion for the natural environment to our new applicants by planting a tree for each of them, and in doing so enhancing the landscape of our beautiful Riseholme Campus.

“Planting trees is one of the many ways we are responding to our climate emergency - as well as reducing our carbon footprint, conducting research on carbon management in agricultural systems, and making sure all our students can engage with the sustainability agenda.”

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