A group of up to eight young people from Ashington Community High School will be spending this autumn helping Northumberland Wildlife Trust at one of its busiest reserves.
The youngsters, aged between 14 and 15 will spend every other Wednesday during the autumn and winter terms undertaking practical conservation tasks at the wildlife charity’s East Chevington and Hauxley reserves on Druridge Bay.
During the course of the project, the students will get to work repairing fences and installing new gates, managing woodland, clearing scrub land, laying a footpath, restoring old drainage ditches and building bird tables.
The skills gained will stand them in good stead when they leave school and will also contribute towards their individual John Muir Award. Launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust its aim is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover, enjoy and care for the planet’s wild places.
The work scheduled will benefit the local community as well of the thousands of visitors to the site each year.
Tony Hall from Ashington High School said: “The school has worked with Northumberland Wildlife Trust in the past on similar projects and they have been a great success, so I have every confidence that this group of young people will also enjoy the experience, as well as acquire new skills and gained practical knowledge.”