Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Upton Heath Nature Reserve has been given a helping hand by the young pupils of Upton Infant School, as they raise money towards the restoration of the rare heathland after last year’s fire.
The School Council felt passionately about supporting the restoration of Upton Heath after last year’s devastating fire
Over a year has passed since June 9th 2011 when 140 acres, around one third of the internationally important heathland near Poole, was destroyed by fire. However this day was not forgotten by the pupils of Upton Infant School as they have now chosen to fundraise towards the restoration of this nature reserve. The Upton Infant School Council, which is made up of six children from Years One and Two (ages 4 to 6) recently visited the nature reserve to view the desolation first hand and to learn more about the work Dorset Wildlife Trust its doing to restore the heathland to its former glory and beyond.
Dan Williams, Deputy Headteacher at Upton Infant School, said: "Upton Infant School cares very much about its local community and environment. The School Council felt passionately about supporting the restoration of Upton Heath after last year’s devastating fire and are planning a year of events to raise awareness and money.”
It's wonderful to have the support of the local community in helping us to restore the heath after the fire
Fundraising began with the Year Two end of year performance, partnered with an appeal video which was put together by the children on the school council to tell the their parents about why the Appeal was chosen.
Amanda Broom, Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “It's wonderful to have the support of the local community in helping us to restore the heath after the fire. The pupils really understood the impact on the wildlife and want to do their bit to help it recover. Their imaginative ideas will help raise both vitally needed funds as well as awareness. We are very grateful for their support.”
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Upton Infant School Council with (from left to right) Amanda Broom and Nikki Hesketh-Roberts from Dorset Wildlife Trust Upton Infant School
(From left to right) Amanda Broom and Nikki Hesketh-Roberts from Dorset Wildlife Trust with pupils from Upton Infant School Upton Infant School
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