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Artwork from River Tees project displayed at The Witham, in Barnard Castle
ARTISTIC children turned river creatures into wire sculptures and eye-catching prints during an educational project about the River Tees.
Eight primary schools in Teesdale, County Durham, worked with the Tees Rivers Trust on its RiverLAB initiative, which involved youngsters aged eight to eleven visiting Tees tributaries to learn about organisms living in the river.
They identified animals through ‘river dipping’ activities and examining their findings through magnifying glasses.
After making sketches, they used black iron wire and old coloured telephone cables to turn their drawings into sculptures and used recycled materials to create prints of habitat maps.
Cotherstone, Staindrop C of E, Ingleton C of E, and Gainford C of E primary schools took part along with Barnard Castle-based establishments Startforth Morritt Memorial C of E, St Mary’s RC, Montalbo, and Green Lane schools.
The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership funded the initiative.
An exhibition of the artwork opened at The Witham, in Barnard Castle, yesterday (Saturday) and will run until Sunday, November 17.
Sara Cox, the Trust’s education officer, said: “The work the children have done is just beautiful and it is fantastic for them to see it on display.
“Everything was linked to the National Curriculum and we worked carefully so as not to disturb natural habitat.
“They worked so hard.”
Ben Lamb, Trust manager, added: “It is brilliant and the kids loved doing it.
“When they have fun it sticks with them and it is work they will never forget.
“We are looking for the next generation of river related managers and workers so it is important to get children interested from the start.”
The Tees Rivers Trust aims to protect and improve the environment of the entire River Tees and its catchment and encourages public understanding and community involvement.
Any schools interested in getting involved with the Trust and its education programme should call Ben Lamb on 01748-518066 or 07900-650371 or email email@example.com.
For information, visit teesriverstrust.org.
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