Charity takes environment message on schools' tour

Tuesday 13 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 12:25

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Raffy Tentindo, from the Living Environment Trust, with Ciara and Teagan Mullen (s)

SCHOOLCHILDREN are being given the chance to learn about the environment with the help of a charity which has launched a series of educational tours.

The Living Environment Trust, an environmental charity based in Coventry, aims to use the restoration of neglected inner-city green spaces as a way to promote understanding and appreciation of the natural environment to school children.

Following the gradual restoration of 80 acres of open space around the Alan Higgs Centre, in Allard Way, the trust has developed educational tours of the site and activities that provide an insight into the transformation.

The charity will use interactive experiences and worksheets to assist children in their understanding of the various areas that have been developed.

All schools in the city have been invited to take part in the tours and activities which include treasure hunts, habitat creation and restoration, minibeast safaris, orienteering, environmental crafts and environmental games.

There is also the opportunity to learn about birds of prey at the site as well as the potential for visits to interested schools.

Raffaella Tentindo, Living Environment Trust manager, said: “The Alan Higgs Centre is set in 80 acres of open space that has been transformed into an environment which provides a superb opportunity for educational and learning activities.

“There is only so much you can learn in the classroom and by offering these tours and activities we hope to allow children to apply what they have learned in a practical setting as well as experience nature and the environment first-hand.

“We have tried to create a range of activities which are not only educational but enjoyable.”

Full details of the tours are online at www.thelivingenvironmenttrust.co.uk or available by calling 024 7630 8545.

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