Wardens’ invitation to go green

A YOUTH group that aims to teach children all about the local environment is seeking new members.

The Young and Wild Wardens group which is for young people aged eight-12, is run by the Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council’s countryside team, the Teesmouth Field Centre and Natural England.

It aims to provide children with opportunities to learn more about wildlife, learn and develop new skills, get active and fit, improve the local environment and, most importantly, have fun.

The next meeting of the group takes place this Saturday from 11am-1pm at the Teesmouth Field Centre, off Tees Road, on the approach road to Hartlepool Power Station.

Deborah Jefferson, from the council’s countryside team, said: “We will be going out in search of the many species of butterfly found around Teesmouth.

“We will also be making butterfly feeders which children will be able to take home, and learning a bit about butterfly ecology and what plants they need to survive.

“Membership of the group is free and all of the sessions are intended to be both fun and informative, covering a wide range of wildlife, flora and fungi.

“We’d be delighted to welcome new members and we hope some will come along on Saturday. Lots of fun is guaranteed.”

The three-year Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project aims to involve local people in a range of work to improve and develop the town’s parks and Local Nature Reserves to create wildlife havens.

It was awarded a National Lottery grant of more than £350,000 following a successful bid by Hartlepool Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Burn Valley Project Steering Group.

It is being fund by Natural England through its Access to Nature initiative which, in turn, is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme.

Anyone wanting further information can call (01429) 853325, 07795 453389 or email: wildgreenspaces@hartlepool.gov.uk