Film & TV students help spread awareness for local Hedgehog Sanctuary

In December, Film and TV students at Oaklands College’s Welwyn Garden City Campus led on a project to raise the profile and spread awareness about the fantastic work carried out by local charity, the Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary.  Hornbeam Wood, which is located in Harpenden, takes delivery and rescue hundreds of hedgehogs from the local…

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In December, Film and TV students at Oaklands College’s Welwyn Garden City Campus led on a project to raise the profile and spread awareness about the fantastic work carried out by local charity, the Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary. 

Hornbeam Wood, which is located in Harpenden, takes delivery and rescue hundreds of hedgehogs from the local Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire county areas. The charity, which is run by Founder Martin Maylin, set a live-brief for Oaklands students to produce a series of engaging explainer videos, focused on spreading the word about the charities’ ongoing projects.

Speaking of the students involved in the project, Martin said:

“I’d like to thank all students for their hard work and professional media work. I’m chuffed to bits with the results and really looking forward to using it across our website and social media channels.”

Video streaming site Twitch, has already agreed to help spread the awareness of the charity, by promoting it on its front page. As a result, thousands of viewers to the charities YouTube and other media channels, a live feed of some of the hedgehogs in rehabilitation has been setup for viewers.

The project, which as a result, contributed towards students’ work experience hours, is one of a number of live briefs set for students, as part of the college’s Creative Industries departments, comprising Media, Music, Performing Arts and Art, Fashion & Design.

Founded in April 2015 and rescuing wildlife since the 1980s. The charity rehabilitates wild hedgehogs which are sick, injured, underweight, or need help. Over the last six years, the charity has rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 1,000 injured or orphaned hedgehogs, with over 300 hedgehogs released back in to the wild in 2021.

To watch Film & TV student Frances Rea’s fantastic video, click here.