DOZENS of green-fingered youngsters braved the recent bad weather to learn more about the natural environment.
A total of 36 pupils from Clavering Primary School were joined by four members of staff and volunteers from the West View Project to complete two days of conservation work at the Newton Hazard Plantation, which is located in Wynyard Woodland Park.
The children are currently working towards their John Muir Award which is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.
It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.
As a result of the school’s outstanding work, Clavering has been awarded ‘John Muir Award Provider Status’ and this current group of Year 6 pupils will become the fourth set of children to gain this prestigious environmental award.
Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy said: “The children completed all of the tasks they were set with great enthusiasm and commitment.
“I was particularly impressed with the children’s level of determination and perseverance to get every aspect of every task completed – no matter how difficult or how challenging the conditions became.”
Over the course of the year, the children will complete a variety of challenges as part of their John Muir Award and Mr McAvoy is extremely confident that all of the children will gain this prestigious award.
Mr McAvoy added: “This particular group of children have always demonstrated a fantastic attitude towards all of the extra-curricular opportunities that they have had during their time at Clavering.
“They show a great appetite for experiencing the great outdoors and I am sure that they will complete all of their challenges with enthusiasm and determination.”
To learn more about the John Muir Award call Mr McAvoyon (01429) 422088.