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Runcorn pupils clean up Halton beauty spots
LEARNING how to protect beauty spots has given Runcorn teenagers pride in their home town.
Students at St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England School are exploring a range of community projects as part of an innovative two-year outdoor Forest School programme.
They joined rangers to conserve heathland at Runcorn Hill and have preserved woodland at Wigg Island and Spike Island.
Youngsters wore chest-high waders this week to clean up Phoenix Park lake in Castlefields.
Pupils have teamed up with Warrington Angling to give the whole area a facelift.
Dale Blackburn, learning mentor of Forest Schools at St Chad’s, said: “We are delighted to have the support of such a big and well established organisation.
“Warrington Angling is keen to get as many young people as possible interested in fishing. They have been kind enough to allow us to fish for free as an incentive for all the hard work.
"We see this project as the start of a fantastic relationship. We really appreciate working with such a big supportive club."
Students removed car wheels, a rusty wheelbarrow, cut down overgrown foliage and filled bags with rubbish at the Runcorn community park.
The conservation work gives them recognisable qualifications to add to their GCSEs.
Dale added:”The kids love it. It gives them confidence and builds up their self-worth. It helps them to work together as a team and makes them more employable.
“It gives them life skills. The response we have had has been fantastic.
“Many of the students have gone on to apprenticeships or other jobs. Others have come back to do enrichment and A Level courses.
“It has motivated them and gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility.”
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