Hartlepool pupils put their backs into woodland conservation

Layla,  Phoebe, Jessica, Andrew and Maddison in the woods.
Layla, Phoebe, Jessica, Andrew and Maddison in the woods.

Hard-working pupils from Clavering Primary School have battled through the elements to complete conservation work in a Hartlepool park.

Thirty-six pupils worked alongside their teachers on a two-day conservation project at Wynyard Woodland Park.

Oscar and Luke do some heavy lifting.

Oscar and Luke do some heavy lifting.

Instructors from the West View Project were also on hand to help the pupils, who are working towards their John Muir Award.

The award is part of an environmental scheme focused on wild places which teaches the pupils to be responsible and be aware of their natural surroundings, while also encouraging them to have fun and explore.

As a result of the school’s outstanding work, Clavering Primary School holds John Muir Award Status and it’s the fifth year pupils at the school have undertaken work towards this prestigious environmental award.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher, leads the children’s work towards the John Muir Award and also holds the highest level of the award.

Katie and Naomi at work.

Katie and Naomi at work.

He said: “This year we have supported the West View Project in conserving a new area of woodland that they are managing.

“The children’s work will benefit over 2,000 children during this academic year alone, plus all of the plants and animals that live in this environment.”

During the year, the children will complete a mix of challenges that will all go towards their John Muir Award.

Mr McAvoy added: “The level of teamwork that the children have showed during their two days in the woods was excellent and will no doubt stand them in good stead for the next set of challenges that we throw at them!

Jack gets stuck into a log.

Jack gets stuck into a log.

“So far, they have shown a great appetite for experiencing ‘the great outdoors’ and I am sure that they will complete all of their John Muir Award challenges with enthusiasm and determination.”

Helen O’Brien, headteacher at Clavering Primary, said: “We believe this work supports not only academic progress, but also the children’s spiritual, moral and social development and is certainly an important part in our aim to educate the ‘whole child’ during their time at Clavering.”

To find out more, visit www.jmt.org/jmaward-home.asp

Billy and Dylan hard at work.

Billy and Dylan hard at work.