A group of Year 2 pupils from Choppington First School kick-started their school term by cutting a ribbon to open a new 90 metre boardwalk in the adjacent Choppington Community Woodland this week.
The work was undertaken by three Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers, Peter Waugh, Peter Ernst and Morris Selby and Anthony Johnston.
The existing boardwalk and dipping platform by the pond have been extended to allow greater access to the public and create improved vantage points, enabling them to enjoy more scenic views and see more of the wildlife, from kingfishers and coots to tufted ducks and deer, that regularly visit.
Helping the pupils cut the ribbon, Anthony said: “What a great start to 2012. It’s great to see the school children cutting the ribbon and getting excited about walking along the boardwalk for the first time.
“Whatever the season, weather or even time of day, Choppington Community Woodland is a peaceful place to be. I have a feeling the youngsters will be bringing their family and friends down here to show them the wildlife that pops in all the time.”
The improvements to the site are part of the SENSE II Project which is funded by the Banks Community Fund (through the mining, property and renewable energy developer the Banks Group). Northumberland County Council provided the materials for the construction of the boardwalk.
Mark Dowdall, Director Environment and Community at the Banks Group, said: “We are pleased that the Banks Community Fund has been able to support the valuable work that Northumberland Wildlife Trust is doing in south east Northumberland along with the local community to enhance a number of environmental and biodiversity projects in the area.
“This new boardwalk is a great new facility to allow local people to get close to wildlife.”