Children go green for poster project

Project: Sarah Elsy
Project: Sarah Elsy
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Pupils from three schools in Lancashire have been getting creative to help raise awareness of the importance of ancient woods.

Sarah Elsy, a teacher from St Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Chorley set up a competition for pupils from St Bede’s and two other local schools; Ashbridge Independent and Clayton-le-woods Primary School, to design posters which contained the message of saving ancient woodland.

A total of 126 pupils designed posters, with the 10 winners being chosen by national woodland conservation charity the Woodland Trust.

The Trust submitted a formal objection to an initial planning application to redevelop Cuerden Hall near Bamber Bridge, as it strongly believes the grounds earmarked for development contain ancient woodland.

The application was withdrawn by Sue Ryder last week and the Trust is hopeful that any future application will take into account the nature of the ancient woodland on the site.

Matina Loizou, Woodland Trust Campaigner, said: “Preserving our ancient woodland is of national importance and it’s great to see school children so passionate about protecting it too.”

Sarah Elsy added: “It has been lovely to see children from different schools come together to show their concerns about an important issue.

“Children of all ages really do understand the importance of ancient woodland and they are really keen to become involved in helping to protect this important resource for future generations.”