On Monday the 13th July St Stephen's Kearsley Moor CE Primary School visited the Darcy Lever Gravel Pits. The day came about due to Mike FIshers involvement with the school in educational talks about conservation and our wonderful site. The children were informed about the dangers of Giant Hogweed and how to identify this species, they were shown the pond life with many a 'ughh' heard when GPAG volunteers offered to let them hold a leech (although quite a few children did hold them). Moving on to the biggest task of the day, the dreaded Himalayan Balsam.
People almost always assume that conservation is a delicate balance that involves planning and long term foresight. Which is true but the actual physical work can be a rampage of fun as the kids found out when it came to balsam bashing. The lads immediately set to task competing to see who could rip out the most balsam while the girls told the lads off for not breaking the nodes correctly.
As you can see from the pictures, it was a great job and we're sure here at GPAG that the kids left with a positive experience of conservation and the gravel pits (despite the constant rain).
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!