A star of children’s TV officially opened a new forest that will let pupils learn by exploring the great outdoors.
CBBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson was the guest of honour at the launch of the Rossmere Forest School project at Rossmere Primary School in Hartlepool.
A former playing field at the corner of Callander Road and Catcote Road has been turned into a natural learning environment.
It boasts an outdoor eco-classroom, hundreds of trees and shrubs, a wetland area, a pond-dipping platform, a fire pit, meadows, areas for den building, a ravine and a bird hide and bird station.
Naomi, who fronts her own show, Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature, cut a ribbon at the entrance to the site as hundreds of pupils from schools around the town looked on.
She said: “It has obviously required an enormous amount of dedication, planning, determination and downright hard work to make this project happen.
I think it would be great if schools all around the country looked to Rossmere Primary School and copied this.Naomi Wilkinson, CBBC presenter
“I think it would be great if schools all around the country looked to Rossmere Primary School and copied this.”
The new site will be used by pupils from schools across the town.
School headteacher Lynne Pawley said: “The transformation has been amazing and the site will provide a huge boost to learning for pupils in all parts of the town.
“It will enable teachers to bring the academic curriculum to life through a range of adventurous, stimulating activities.”
Carol McCletchie, the school’s vice-chairman of governors, added: “It is an exciting development for education in the town.”