Passing the word down generations

Pupils from Hawes Side Primary, Blackpool, (below) enjoy some conservation work at Castle Head.
Pupils from Hawes Side Primary, Blackpool, (below) enjoy some conservation work at Castle Head.
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A team of students are spreading the green message to the next generation of eco-warriors.

Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College learnt about protecting the environment so they could mentor younger children thanks to an initiative from the Field Studies Council (FSC).

Pupils from Hawes Side Primary, Blackpool, enjoy some conservation work at Castle Head.

Pupils from Hawes Side Primary, Blackpool, enjoy some conservation work at Castle Head.

Castle Head Field Centre, in Grange-over-Sands, approached the college to recruit a team of seven students to take part in residential visits, lead activities with schools and carry out work in the community to impact their own environment.

Stephen Stroud, student enrichment officer at Blackpool and The Fylde College said: “Growing Green Mentors has been a great activity for students hoping to
work with children or in an outdoor environment in the future.

“These students have developed some fantastic employability skills and the project will be an excellent addition to their CVs.”

The group spent five days at the centre earlier this year where they underwent mentor training and carried out team building activities, including canoeing and camping.

They then returned when schoolchildren from Hawes Side and Anchorsholme were visiting the centre and became activity leaders, under the supervision of FSC staff.

Students have now been challenged with taking what they have learned from their time at the centre to work with younger children on Blackpool North Pond Trail.

Fifteen children from Hawes Side enjoyed their visit to Castle Head, where they took part in a range of activities including conservation skills, and raft building, while been mentored by children from the college.

John Livesey, eco leader at Hawes Side Primary School, said: “We were very honoured to take part in this project,

“It is fantastic there are opportunities for Blackpool children to learn about their environment and learn new skills to help protect it.”

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