Durris pupils achieve prestigious award

Durris Primary Pupils learning about nature
Durris Primary Pupils learning about nature

A Deeside primary school has been getting back to nature over the last few months, and its efforts have been recognised with a top award.

For the past five weeks the P6 and 7 pupils of Durris Primary School have been working towards the Discovery Level of the John Muir Trust Award, in partnership with Friends of Durris Forests (FDF), Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and Julia Mackay, Deeside Forest Schools.

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.

The award encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

A spokesperson for the John Muir trust said: “The John Muir Award is an environmental award that encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. Taking part will develop an understanding of, and responsibility for, a chosen wild place or places.”

To achieve this award the children were required to do a range of activities that involve the following four challenges – discover a wild place, explore it, do something to conserve it and share their experiences.

The pupils used the site of Clune Wood in Durris Forest to focus their project.

FDF received funding from the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund to support these educational sessions and also develop a pond on the site which was created by FCS.

Activities included building a Forest School site, keeping a creative journal, ID skills, working with community partners and making bird and mini beast boxes.

An FDF spokesperson said: “FDF would like to take this opportunity to thank the administrators of the Wind Farm Community Fund, Kincardine & Mearns Area Partnership for supporting our group with funding so we can continue environmental projects within Durris Forests.”