Pupils get hands dirty for pioneering research

5th October 2010

Pupils from two North Pennines schools are collecting information to test for evidence about their local areas and climate change.

The CELL scheme – Changing Environments and Landscape Lab - will run for nine months.

Pupils began the project with a visit to the UK’s first international conference on the importance of peatlands in mitigating climate change, held in Durham by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Peatland Programme (IUCN). They're pictured taking a break over lunch, which featured local foods to minimise the carbon footprint of the event.

The participants are sixth formers at William Howard School in Brampton and 13-year-olds from Samuel King's in Alston.

They'll be recording their experiences on video throughout the project, including what it's like to carry out fieldwork throughout the winter months. The documentary will show the data they gather being channelled into current UK-wide scientific monitoring.

CELL has been developed for the school curriculum by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, and supported by the RSPB, the Tyne Rivers Trust and the John Muir Trust.

Organiser Paul Leadbitter of the North Pennines AONB Partership said: “I know that my own career in environmental work was sparked by the memorable study trips I did in my teens – it’s great to be ensuring that young people in this region can now have the same opportunity.”

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