Adaobi Ifeanyichukwu is a student at Kingston University, studying for a Master’s degree in ‘Environmental Management’.

As part of her studies she needed to do a placement. She decided to apply to Environment Trust as we are local to where she studies and lives, plus she really liked the work we do to conserve the local environment and heritage.

Originally from Nigeria, Adaobi’s first degree was in ‘Geology and Mining Technology’ from the University of Port Harcourt. Adaobi came over to the UK to study last year when she started her Masters.

Adaobi joined us as an intern in May 2019. She works mostly from home but comes into the office for a few hours every Wednesday. She really enjoys working here.

Adaobi says, “My thesis is looking at the global agenda and how to reduce water usage. Part of my role at Environment Trust is coming up with solutions on how Kingston, as a community, can reduce water usage and contribute to this agenda.”

“Since starting at the charity I’ve also been part of the Canbury Garden’s project, which started with two design workshops to discuss proposals for the gardens.”

Canbury Gardens is a highly valued green space and visitor attraction in the Royal Borough of Kingston. Dating from the Victorian age, the park fronts the Thames and includes lawns, tennis courts and a bandstand.

Adaobi adds, “I’ve also been involved with planting street trees and a plogging event which is an innovative new activity in the UK which involves running and picking up litter. I work across the different teams and help out where I’m needed.”

Adaobi will be an intern for a year and plans to continue volunteering for the charity after this. At the end of her master’s degree she hopes to start a career working in the environmental field for either an agency or council.

We wish Adaobi every success in preparing her thesis and look forward to her insights into reducing water usage in the coming year. Watch this space!