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Friday 3 June 2005
3 June 2005
Children teach visitors about village woodland
Eyam schoolchildren are very proud of a woodland wildlife haven in their village - and they've produced a panel to explain its significance to visitors.
Using pictures, poetry and prose, the panel mounted on a rock at Eyam's Delf Woodland shows the variety of wildlife, trees and shrubs being tended by local people with the backing of the landowners, the Wright family of Eyam Hall.
The children produced their work after woodland activities and walks with Peak District National Park conservation awareness officer Louise Valantine.
She said: "The children planted shrub seeds collected from the wood, including rowan, buckthorn and hawthorn and are growing them on at school. When they are big enough, the young shrubs will be planted back into the wood, replacing non-native species which have been taken out.
"The children have worked very hard, both to help improve the woodland and to produce the interpretation panel, and it looks great."
The panel is part of a series set up around the village by the Eyam Interpretation Group.
The woodland is being managed by Eyam Delf Action Group as an informal nature reserve, with funding from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund and the Vision Project. Work has included clearance of some non-native sycamore to create openings in the canopy, letting more light in to the layers beneath. It is here that the children's shrubs will eventually be planted.