IT dominates the local landscape and is an iconic symbol of Huddersfield.
So Kirklees College students have been making sure that the environment around the Victoria Tower on Castle Hill is well protected.
Around 60 pupils from the college have been cutting away gorse and scrub on Castle Hill, above Almondbury, which stands 900 feet above sea level.
Kirklees Council’s countryside officer Simon Pedley said: “Gorse is an important habitat and we’re cutting back blocks on a seven year rotation to improve the structure of the scrub for wildlife.
“The gorse is good for nesting birds but also by cutting it back it becomes less dense and more sun can get through to the bank which is good for insects and small mammals.”
The students are studying a BTEC Diploma in Public Services which is aimed at those who are interested in pursuing a career in the uniformed services such as the police, prison, armed forces or fire services.
It also gives them the opportunity to learn about citizenship, the individual and society with a strong emphasis on adventurous activities and teamwork.
Student Joanna Clarkson, 17, said: “I have really enjoyed working on Castle Hill as doing this goes a long way towards our voluntary work unit.
“Discipline and self worth I believe are really important as I really want to pursue a career in the police force.
“I believe the course will help me gain the skills I need and working with council staff today we all get a taste of what it is like delivering a service to the public.”
The work is being carried out as part of Castle Hill’s management plan and an aim to bid for Local Nature Reserve status.
Improvements include the renewal of paths, repairs to erosion, viewing platforms and seating.
The work will create a level path around the perimeter of the site to improve access to Castle Hill for disabled people and families with pushchairs and people with mobility problems.
The centrepiece will be a bridge leading up to the tower.
Victoria Tower was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign.
The history of human activity on the hill goes back over 4000 years and it was first developed as an iron age hill fort.
The Victoria Tower opens several times each year and is visited by many thousands of people, both from Huddersfield and from further afield.