Students go wild in Derwent Valley

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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust gave students a chance to go on a wild two-day adventure in the Derwent Valley.

Students from Wirksworth Junior School and Anthony Gell Secondary School joined the trust for the trip, which ended at a hostel in Shining Cliff Woods.

In partnership with the Lindley Educational Trust, Derwent Explorers is being offered to schools in the Derwent Valley through the DerwentWISE scheme.

Trust project manager Louise Valantine, said: “Derwent Explorers provides opportunities for young people to go on an adventure and gain a better understanding of the World Heritage Site. Through team games and interaction with nature, children learn to manage risk and gain independence.”

This innovative programme started in spring, when pupils from Wirksworth Junior School and students from Anthony Gell Secondary School met up to plan the trip. 
Then they embarked on their journey together to the hostel in Shining Cliff Woods.

All of the students said what a fantastic time they had, with their favourite activities including pond dipping, abseiling, shelter-building and fire-lighting.

Paul Booker from the Lindley Educational Trust said: “Some young people specially benefit from this opportunity, including transition students, and students who have become disaffected with school based learning.

“This project can also bring together children from rural and urban schools.”


DTS 3 - Students toast marshmallows and learnt how to bake bread over an open campfire 

DTS 2 - The youngsters learning how to abseil on their trip to Derwent Valley

DTS 1 - The pupils from both schools joined together to enjoy the wilderness