Pupils tread boards for nature project

Barry Wilson, woodland officer at Northumberland County Council, Emily Hunter, community engagement co-ordinator at the Banks Group, teacher Linda Cunnningham,of Choppington First School, and Anthony Johnson, people and wildlife officer at the Northumberland
Barry Wilson, woodland officer at Northumberland County Council, Emily Hunter, community engagement co-ordinator at the Banks Group, teacher Linda Cunnningham,of Choppington First School, and Anthony Johnson, people and wildlife officer at the Northumberland

a new 90m-long boardwalk has been built in Choppington Woods.

Year two pupils from Choppington First School cut the ribbon to officially open the boardwalk, an extension of the previous wooden walkway.

The new boardwalk will improve access to the woods and offer better vantage points for birdspotters and other wildlife enthusiasts.

Anthony Johnston, a people and wildlife officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s great to see the schoolchildren cutting the ribbon and getting excited about walking along the boardwalk for the first time.

“I have a feeling the youngsters will be bringing their families and friends down here to show them the wildlife.”

The work was carried out by Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers as part of a project funded by County Durham-based mining firm the Banks Group.

Northumberland County Council provided the materials used.

Mark Dowdall, director of environment and community at the Banks Group, said: “This new boardwalk is a great new facility to allow people to get close to wildlife.”