Rotary club aiming to inspire budding new naturalists

Children take part in environmental days with Sudbury Rotary Club ANL-160919-152810001
Children take part in environmental days with Sudbury Rotary Club ANL-160919-152810001

Sudbury Rotary Club is looking to build on work which saw it awarded the Rotary East Anglia District Gold Award for its nature and environment programme.

This project was only developed recently but has grown, with the initiative designed to encourage children in local schools to learn more about the natural environment.

Celebrating Sudbury Rotary Club's close links with Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard ANL-160919-152757001

Celebrating Sudbury Rotary Club's close links with Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard ANL-160919-152757001

Rotary member Tony Platt said the concept grew out of the fact that many children, while living in a town surrounded by beautiful habitat, have little, or no, appreciation of the countryside and the importance they play now, and will do in the future as adults.

“We have been so encouraged to see the children learning about river life, the importance of biodiversity in the commonlands, our wildlife and how essential it is to take care of all this for future generations,” he said.

“It is this learning that lays the foundation for the future. Over the last few months we have seen 275 children attend some element of the programme with an excellent attendance by one school in particular – Wells Hall School, Great Cornard.”

By teaching the children to appreciate the importance of the environment, it will, Sudbury Rotary Club hopes, spark a keen interest in nature from the pupils.

Children pond dipping with Sudbury Rotary Club ANL-160919-153009001

Children pond dipping with Sudbury Rotary Club ANL-160919-153009001

Mr Platt added: “We feel strongly that this initiative would work elsewhere in the country and if any club is interested in producing a similar programme, then please do feel free to get in touch with the Rotary Club of Sudbury.”