As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported Young Roots project, North Shore Academy pupils have been working with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust in Hardwick Dene in Stockton. Pupils achieving the environmental John Muir Award marks the last stage of the project.
Over the past six weeks pupils have been doing a variety of activities linked to Hardwick Dene. They visited the Dene and learned about the variety of species of plants and animals including the rare White-letter Hairstreak butterfly which can be found there. Pupils then undertook positive actions for nature conservation – planting reeds, painting sculptures and carrying out a litter survey. As part of the award, pupils have to communicate their achievements and produce a QR code nature trail linked to the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust website.
Steve Ashton, Tees Valley People and Wildlife Manager said, “It is great to see young people doing positive things for the environment. The John Muir ward is an ideal qualification for encouraging young people to connect, enjoy and care for wild places. If other schools are interested in doing the award at their school they shouldn’t hesitate to contact the Trust.”
Explaining the importance of HLF support, the Head of HLF North East, Ivor Crowther, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to support this project, which will stimulate people’s interest in nature. Through the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust project, young people will learn new skills, discover new passions and play their part as custodians of our wonderful natural heritage.”