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Primary 5 pupils in Victoria Park with Councillor Rodgers and Ulster Wildlife Trust team members

Primary 5 pupils in Victoria Park with Councillor Rodgers and Ulster Wildlife Trust team members

Primary 5 pupils in Victoria Park with Councillor Rodgers and Ulster Wildlife Trust team members

The primary 5 pupils of Victoria Park Primary School have spent a day finding out about autumn at Victoria Park with the Ulster Wildlife Trust and children from other schools.

The outing was part of the Watch this Space programme funded by Belfast City Council. The children got the opportunity to learn the names of the different trees they may walk past every day through songs and stories. They became squirrels, storing and hunting for acorns and discovered their artistic side with beautiful natural artwork, allowing them to take a little of the park back to their classroom.

Lucille Coates, Watch this Space officer said: “This is a fantastic programme which is now in its fourth year and allows more primary pupils to enjoy and appreciate their local green space.

“Every time they find a conker or open up the ash key to find the seed inside, they are full of awe. Teachers too benefit from the programme and find that the children become more engaged in what they learn within the classroom once they see it outdoors.”

he class were joined by local Councillor Jim Rodgers, a member of the Parks and Leisure Committee, who also enjoyed the day and realised the importance of encouraging the young people to value their environment.

“The Ulster Wildlife Trust do a wonderful job on behalf of the council, and need to be continuously supported in what they are trying to achieve,” he commented.

For more information about the Watch This Space programme see www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parks

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