SCHOOL pupils braved wintry conditions to take part in two days of conservation work.
More than 20 green-fingered Year 6 pupils from Clavering Primary School, Hartlepool, enjoyed a trip to the Newton Hazard Plantation, which is within Wynyard Woodland Park.
They were given the opportunity to walk through part of the wood and get an insight into how it is maintained through clearing ditches, litter picking, fence weaving and clearing overgrown rhododendron bushes.
The project was part of the children’s work towards gaining the John Muir award, an environmental award scheme which is aimed at encouraging youngsters to explore and enjoy the natural environment.
And the youngsters are set to enjoy more adventurous trips in the near future.
They hope to be going to a variety of places including the three highest peaks of the North Yorkshire Moors, the River Esk, Richmond Copper Mines and Carlton Outdoor Education Centre.
The children worked with members of staff from the school and people from the West View Project, Hartlepool, during the trip to Wynyard Woodland Park.
Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher at the school, in Clavering Road, Hartlepool, said: “There are four challenges at the heart of each John Muir award, discover, explore, conserve and share.
“So far the children have demonstrated fantastic attitudes when tackling these challenges.
“I have no doubt that they will continue in this vein during the remaining activities that we have planned for them.”
Mr McAvoy, who thanked teaching assistant Ralph Bainbridge who also accompanied the children on the trip, added: “As a school we are committed to educating the ‘whole child’ and we are using the John Muir award scheme as a vehicle for offering our children the opportunity to explore values and spirituality and encouraging them to connect, enjoy and care for wild places.
“These children are a credit to the school and to their families and I am very much looking forward to taking them back out ‘into the wild’ in a few weeks time on our Year 6 residential.”