Newton Pop kids get heath education

PUBLISHED: 15:33 21 June 2013

© Guy Newman. 24.05.2013. Newton Poppleford School visit East Devon Pebblebed Heaths L-R Chloe Adey & Annie Dunn learn about the techniques & tools used to manage the Heathlands.

© Guy Newman. 24.05.2013. Newton Poppleford School visit East Devon Pebblebed Heaths L-R Chloe Adey & Annie Dunn learn about the techniques & tools used to manage the Heathlands.

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PUPILS and teachers from Newton Poppleford Primary School enjoyed an activity filled day at East Budleigh Common with staff and volunteers from Clinton Devon Estates.

© Guy Newman. 24.05.2013. Year 4 from Newton Poppleford School visit East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.© Guy Newman. 24.05.2013. Year 4 from Newton Poppleford School visit East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.

Youngsters from years three and four learned about the formation of the heathland, the importance of its biodiversity and how management is required to conserve this unique habitat.

Children were accompanied by a team of staff from Clinton Devon Estates, lead by Dr Sam Bridgewater, Nature Conservation Manager for the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths (EDPH).

Dr Bridgewater said: “It is important for the children in this area to know about the history of the heath and the work that goes into maintaining its biodiversity. Lowland heaths are under threat with around a 70 per cent decline in area in Europe over the last 200 years.”

Teacher Angela Stephen said: “It’s so important to learn about heathland and looking after the environment that is on our doorstep.”

Classroom assistant Gaynor Towers added: “They take it all in because it’s different from being in a classroom. I didn’t even know it was all here and I live in Newton Poppleford – the children are learning and so am I!”


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