Snow job is too big for young group

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IT took more than a flurry of snow to stop a group of youngsters from doing their bit at a beauty spot.

Pupils from Ashington High School visited Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s East Chevington reserve to help clear hanging tree branches, which were beginning to obstruct the footpaths around the site.

The students are currently studying for their John Muir Award, which is aimed at encouraging young people to become more involved with nature.

Alex Lister, from the trust’s estates office, who guided the group on the task, said: “All too often young people get a bad press, but this group were great.

“Where many of us would be inclined to stay in the house during the snow, they worked tirelessly and had to be told to go home as I think they would have stayed all night given half the chance.

“It is great to see how with a little encouragement they can turn their hands to a whole range of tasks, which they would not normally learn in a classroom.”