School pupils go wild about city’s canal

Nature expert Russ Hedley with pupils from Lancaster schools taking part in the Wild Wonders project.
Nature expert Russ Hedley with pupils from Lancaster schools taking part in the Wild Wonders project.
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Pupils from six Lancaster schools have been learning more about the wonders of wildlife on their local canal in the lead up to a major arts event this autumn.

More than 260 youngsters from Christ Church, Ridge, Dallas Road and St Luke’s Primary Schools joined students from Central Lancaster and Skerton High Schools in the Wild Wonders project run by The Dukes Creative Learning Department.

The project, which took place in the summer, was funded and supported by the Canal & River Trust.

Some of the artwork created along the way will form part of One Planet Festival displays at The Dukes during half term and Light Up The Waterways, an evening arts spectacular at the Lune Aqueduct on October 29 and 30.

The pupils took part in guided walks along the canal from Moor Lane to the aqueduct, which were led by nature expert, Russ Hedley.

Along the walks they found many different habitats, plants, insects, birds and boats.

The youngsters then produced short films about their discoveries.

The canalside walks were followed by creative workshops with artist Vanessa Card, during which the young people were encouraged to produce some pieces of creative writing about their experiences.

The children’s finished work will be placed on a large tree sculpture which they have made out of willow.

This will go on display in The Dukes café bar during the One Planet Festival, which takes place from October 28 to November 2.