School pupils have been praised for their work on a community project about the history of their home-town.
Hetton Local and Natural History Society last year published a 700-page book about every aspect of the town from its origins to the present day, including its hydrology and ecology, thanks to contributions by Durham Limestone Landscapes.
All pupils and teaching staff involved were extremely enthusiastic, yet amazed at just what is on our doorstep.Pat Robson, of Hetton Local and Natural History Society
Funding for the Hetton Village Atlas was provided by Sunderland City Council, through its coalfield area committee budget, for a 12-month project to engage children from six schools and assist them with their environmental studies.
Hetton Town Council also gave the project its backing.
Pupils were taken on several field study visits, locally and on comparative magnesian limestone sites to discover the different landscapes and site structures, as well as the species of flora and fauna to be found.
Three of the six schools involved throughout the project – Hetton Lyons Primary, Eppleton Academy Primary and Easington Lane Primary – were given resource packs compiled by the society to help with their classroom studies.
Because of the standard of work in the worksheets completed, it was decided to give award certificates to some of the pupils involved. Silver certificates were given to Eppleton Academy Primary’s Josh Irving and Easington Lane Primary’s Alfie Maddison and Emily Iveson.
Gold certificates were handed out to Eppleton Academy Primary pupil Bethany Barrass and the eco-club at Hetton Lyons Primary.
The resource packs and certificates were handed out at a ceremony held at Hetton Lyons Primary.
Sopciety spokesman Pat Robson said: “This was a fantastic project which enabled the society to continue and expand our work, enabling local children to understand, more fully, the beauty surrounding the town of Hetton, how it evolved, and its importance ecologically, while also expanding their knowledge on how we can monitor and protect the environment yet look at solutions for further conservation.
“All pupils and teaching staff involved were extremely enthusiastic yet amazed at just what is on our doorstep.
“Everyone found something they wanted to discover more about, or saw something they had never seen before, even me.”