Pupils hold environment day to help with historic project

Pupils hold environment day to help with historic project

11th August 2014


GREEN-fingered students have been helping restore the historic grounds of an ancient hall in the heart of their community.

Every year students from Bede Academy, Blyth, hold an environment day where they work tirelessly to help with different projects.

This year they decided to help close to home and descended en masse on the grounds of nearby National Trust property Delaval Hall.

More than 180 Year 7 students and staff tackled a host of tasks including weeding gravel and borders, cutting back shrubs, composting, pruning, edging and thinning.

Vice principal Steve Nelson said: “The students got through a great deal of work and made a real impact on the grounds. Locally this helps preserve our heritage and make the hall even nicer for visitors.

“The students get a lot out of the experience in terms of bonding with each other, learning about teamwork and responsibility and serving the community.”

Macauley Purvis, 12, said: “I have learned a lot of new skills and enjoyed helping to improve a tourist spot that I have been to as a visitor. I have talked to the volunteers and have really enjoyed working outdoors with my friends.”

At the same time, Year 9 students were involved in a project designed to stimulate entrepreneurial zeal while Year 10s enjoyed an interview technique day.

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