Green youngsters have been recognised for calling on residents to look after wildlife in their area.
Pupils in class 4S from Hetton Lyons Primary School have, as part of their school curriculum, studied habitats.
Hetton Lyons Country Park is a beautiful area which has something to engage everyone regardless of ageShirley Carr, Friends of Hetton Lyons Country Park group
The studies prompted a recent visit to Hetton Lyons Country Park, to identify available habitats and the resident flora and fauna, with teacher Donna Gibson.
The trip highlighted issues with the park, including vandals destroying reeds which birds used as cover, broken bottles, litter, dog mess, pets being allowed to swim in the sporting lake, and bread being fed to wildfowl.
After the visit, pupils wrote formal letters to Greenwatch, of Hetton Local and Natural History Society, as the group’s natural history team leader, Pat Robson, is involved in studying ecology and the environment with pupils at a number of schools.
The children were then asked to design posters which might catch the attention of the public when displayed around the park, and recognise that schoolchildren wanted their area to remain green and clean.
Each winner was presented with gifts, “love where you live medals’ and certificates from Hetton Local and Natural History Society.
Shirley Carr, from the Friends of Hetton Lyons Country Park, said: “We really appreciated the children’s comments, interest shown and initiatives taken.
“As such we were delighted to help with judging the poster entries and congratulate the winners.
“Hetton Lyons Country Park is a beautiful area which has something to engage everyone regardless of age.”