Primary school children from across Devon took part in their first Eco-Summit at Hannah’s on Wednesday 18th May to share their experiences of environmental learning for a better world.
Several primary schools from across Devon brought groups of children aged 7-11 to take part in the inaugural Eco-Summit held at Hannah’s, located in the picturesque grounds of the former Seale Hayne agricultural college near Newton Abbot. The event enabled the children to take part in a number of ‘active learning’ workshops run by the cream of environmental workshop providers in Devon and inspired children to be the thinkers of the future. The well known television presenter, Nick Baker, opened the event with a talk about his experiences on what motivated him to get involved with nature when he was at school.
Kick-starting the event were presentations by the different schools about something they have done to benefit the environment in a positive manner; the presentations were very creative and benefited from some celebrity input. There will also be further school support when the children take their ideas back to their communities.
The event is the brain child of Devon County Council’s Waste Education project, delivered by Resource Futures, and has received support funding from the Ernest Cook Trust.
Demelza Annision, Team Leader for the project at Resource Futures, said:
“We are all very excited about the Summit as it is has been a great opportunity for both children and adults to work collaboratively on environmental issues.”