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Wildlife fun at Walthamstow
Wetlands for London school pupils
Pupils from an inner-city school got a
taste of the countryside yesterday
(5th June) when they visited
Walthamstow Wetlands with the
Fishing for Schools initiative. Twenty
youngsters from Raynham Primary
School in Enfield enjoyed a wildlife
walk and hunted for insects in the
lake during the two-hour session and
all managed to catch a fish.
Raynham Primary School caters for
children from a wide range of backgrounds – 94% of pupils are from an
ethnic minority and 80% have English
as an additional language. The group
visiting Walthamstow Wetlands yesterday were aged from eight to ten
years old and spanned many nationalities and backgrounds.
Teacher Hannah Brown said: “The
session exceeded our expectations in
every way possible. On the way home,
the children said it was the most fun
they’d ever had on a school trip. The
memories made today will last for a
very a long time.”
Fishing for Schools director Charles
Jardine said: “It made a real difference
to the children because they rarely
get a chance to get out in nature.
Walthamstow Wetlands is a fantastic
oasis of countryside in the city, yet
despite it being just 20 minutes from
their school, none of these children
had visited before. They tend to go
from home to school and back again.
“Fishing for Schools works with
schools across the UK, including Kent
and the south east, but this was our
F4S instructor Julie Wicks with a young pupil from Raynham School.
first session within London. I hope we
have shown these children that you
can have great fun when you get outside and explore. We are very grateful
to Thames Water for making us so
welcome at Walthamstow Wetlands.”
Will Barnard, Thames Water’s fisheries manager, said: “It is our pleasure
to be hosting this visit. We’re always
looking for new ways to engage with
the communities we serve and to
educate youngsters about positive
lifestyles utilising our green spaces.”
Two more groups from Raynham
Primary School will visit the site later
this month.
Fishing for Schools is an initiative
run by The Countryside Alliance
Not yet a member? Join the Angling
Trust today for £29 and get a Fishing
Megastore voucher worth £29!
The Angling Trust has a great offer for new members: join today, and we’ll give you a £29
voucher to spend at Fishing Megastore, the online tackle and clothing store of Glasgow
Angling Centre. The offer is available to all adult and senior citizen members of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal who make an annual subscription payment and who have
not held a valid membership in the past two years. Remember... by becoming a member
you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks
in marine and freshwater environments and to campaign against threats to angling. If
you’re already a member, why not forward to a friend or family member?
Foundation (TCAF), the charitable
arm of the Countryside Alliance. It
provides short angling courses at
schools across the country to aid the
education of 12 to 18-year-olds who
may not respond to traditional classroom-based learning but flourish
when you get them outside onto the
water. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017. Many of the youngsters
who fish through Fishing for Schools
have physical, learning or behavioural
For more information about the
Countryside Alliance and TCAF
please contact the Countryside
Alliance press office on 0207 840 9220
or press-office@countrysidealliance.org
Public inquiry
fighting fund
launched to
protect Itchen
Campaigners in Hampshire are raising
funds to oppose massive development
plans that threaten fishery habitat in the
River Itchen as well as other aquatic life,
ancient woodlands and neighbouring
countryside. Money raised will help
Action against Destructive Development fight the plans at the forthcoming
public inquiry. Donations will be gratefully received and acknowledged. The
Angling Trust supports the campaign
and spoke at a recent council meeting
opposing the plans. n


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