Children given free wildlife trips by town’s rotary club

The Rotary Club of Sudbury is facilitating free trips for children to wildlife sites in and around the town. ANL-151006-121926001

The Rotary Club of Sudbury is facilitating free trips for children to wildlife sites in and around the town. ANL-151006-121926001

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A new initiative to give school children the chance to utilise the natural environment in and around Sudbury has seen two schools take part in wildlife trips.

The Rotary Club of Sudbury recently launched the programme with the plan to enable and encourage children aged around 10 to become enthused and impassioned with the rich environment that Sudbury has on its doorstep.

The club has so far facilitated trips for both Woodhall School and Acton Primary School to Arger Fen, courtesy of Suffolk Wildlife Trust and The River Stour Trust in Great Cornard.

The town’s Suffolk county councillors John Sayers and Colin Spence funded the transport for the schools.

Organiser, rotarian Lynda Sebbage said: “Sudbury and its surrounding area is so full of the most wonderful and varied habitat and we are therefore very keen to encourage children from Sudbury and surrounding villages to take advantage of the visits.

“These children are tomorrow’s custodians and if we can help them take an interest today, there is every chance they will take care of our habitat in years to come.”

The club plans to extend the programme to include more schools and more places to visit and will be writing to schools later in the year.

The idea is for there to be no charge to the school or the children, with the club continuing to raise funds towards the project.

Classes which attend the programme will be presented with a Rotary Club Award to display in their classroom.