Educational Energy Trail opens at biomass plant

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An exciting new educational Energy Trail was officially opened at the Hill of Banchory Biomass Energy Centre on April 30.

Pupils from Crathes Primary School were amongst the first to experience the new Energy Trail accompanied by Jim Dewar of Forestry Commission Scotland.

The trail at the HOBESCO Biomass Energy trail is intended to educate children about renewable energy and the environment. Part-funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, representative Jim Dewar opened the trail.

He said: “I was delighted to have been asked to open the Trail. It is clear from the enthusiastic interaction shown by local school children that the layout, content and presentation of how forests can deliver a variety of habitats, a productive resource and a place in the landscape captured their full attention.”

Crathes pupils enjoyed their trip to the centre.

Primary 6 pupil Emma Strachan said: “The Energy Trail was fun to do and we learned lots about the forest environment.”

Pupils from Crathes Primary School had created artworks as part of a school project which are used on the Trail to support topics such as biodiversity, sustainability and forest management.

Teacher, Mrs Mann said “The children were really proud to see their posters on display as part of the Energy Trail.”