Nature-loving school honoured with Durham Wildlife Trust award

A Broadway pupil doing some pond dipping.
A Broadway pupil doing some pond dipping.
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Nature-loving youngsters at a city school have picked up an award for their environmental projects.

The children at Broadway Junior School were thrilled to be announced ‘School of the Year’ by the Durham Wildlife Trust.

A Broadway pupil doing some pond dipping.

A Broadway pupil doing some pond dipping.

Headteacher at the Springwell Road school, Margarita Acklam, said it was fantastic news for the pupils and staff.

She said: “Broadway was awarded ‘School of the Year’ by the Durham Wildlife Trust, in recognition of our commitment to a wide range of natural and environmental projects and activities, both inside and outside of school.

“We were invited to attend a special presentation day at the Low Barns Nature Reserve, Witton-le-Wear, and despite the torrential rain spent a wonderful day pond-dipping and exploring.”

Mrs Acklam said the award has now taken pride of place on display in the school for everyone to see.She added: “We are now looking forward to a new year in school and getting out and about in the countryside and close to nature once again.”

As well as scooping the Durham Wildlife Trust award, the school has also secured a community grant from DIY store B&Q, for another of its outdoor projects.

Mrs Acklam said the grant money will be used to help build some raised garden beds in the school grounds, which the pupils will share with their friends at the nearby Sycamore Lodge nursing home.

She said: “The specially designed beds will enable our older friends to once again take up one of their everyday interests of gardening.

“In doing so it provides new opportunities for them to get out and about in the fresh air, take part in a great form of exercise and pass on all of their expertise, tips and knowledge to the young gardeners of Broadway.

“Last season saw our friends from Sycamore Lodge help us with our potato harvest, but this year, weather permitting, it will be all systems go with everything being planted from bulbs to beetroot, crocus to cabbages.”

Mrs Acklam said she wanted to thank B&Q for making this venture possible and said everyone is looking forward to getting started on the garden beds.