Baggy Point stone will mark school's links with National Trust
PUPILS from Georgeham Primary school and National Trust warden Rob Linskill will tomorrow (Wednesday) be flexing their muscles to place a massive commemorative stone on Middleborough Hill on Baggy Point. The stone will be bedded into a traditional Devon
PUPILS from Georgeham Primary school and National Trust warden Rob Linskill will tomorrow (Wednesday) be flexing their muscles to place a massive commemorative stone on Middleborough Hill on Baggy Point.
The stone will be bedded into a traditional Devon stone wall that children from the school have worked to repair every year since 2004.
This is just one of the outcomes of a fruitful partnership between the two organisations. Since 2003, the National Trust team based at Woolacombe has been working with Georgeham Primary School as part of the National Trust Guardianship scheme. This scheme encourages National Trust staff and their local school to collaborate to develop active, imaginative and unique hands-on education programmes.
The relationship not only supports curriculum work, but also provides stimulating, practical experience of the great outdoors and conservation work, with the aim of helping children to care for and understand our wonderful natural environment - and have loads of fun in the process!
Warden Rob Linskill said: '"We meet with the school children up to six times a year, sometimes at the school, or at a National Trust site. In different years, we've been lucky enough to visit Lundy and also the new National Trust HQ in Swindon to investigate environmentally friendly buildings and energy efficiency.
"One of the key activities that the children get involved with is helping to repair the fantastic stone walls on Baggy Point. Since 2004 we have repaired a vast stretch of wall and it is only right to recognise all of the hard work with a specially engraved stone.'
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Head teacher Julian Thomas said: "The children get such a lot out of exploring and learning about their local environment and you can really see their confidence and skills develop through the work they do with the National Trust. It's great that all the hard work of the children over the last seven years will be recognised in such a permanent way on Baggy Point. We shall look forward to this association continuing for many years to come.