RESCUED hedgehogs have got their very own 'hospital' thanks to students from Swindon College.

Second-year bricklaying pupils helped Oaks & Furrows wildlife rescue centre in Crickdale create their prickly residents a new home.

Course leader Stephen Southern said: – “The students were very keen to take on a community project and worked extremely hard.

"They produced work that any construction company would have been proud of.”

The centre normally houses around 100 hedgehogs over the winter but this year saw a bumper number of over 250.

Student, Connor Chaplin said building the hospital was great learning opportunity.

He said: "I found that this to be a valuable work experience opportunity where I was able to put into practice the skills I’m learning on my course.”

Classmate Jay Page, added that it was nice to give back to the community, saying: “The experience helped us with teambuilding and working with others such as the materials, suppliers and the client.”

An Oak & Furrows spokesman said: "We'd like to say a huge thank you to Nationwide for funding the project, Wiltshire Concrete for providing materials, Swindon College for coming out and laying the foundations, and everyone else who helped out along the way."