Talking Chalkstreams: LATW Begins at Appleshaw

Yesterday I ran my first session of the Living by the Ash Tree Waters project, with Andover Trees United Community Engagement Officer Alex Walker, and staff/children from Appleshaw St Peters School.

Together we explored what makes chalkstreams special and wondered how backpacks could help people to explore and learn about them. My work on the project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Watercress and Winterbournes intiative, which you can find out more about here.

Appleshaw is the first of three schools I’ll be working with, and I’ll be returning to work with the children’s families and wider communites following the school sessions, to trial some of the ideas for resources and equipment that the children have come up with for these Explorer Backpacks.

When we’ve confirmed the dates for the commuity based workshops I’ll add them here, in the meantime here’s a few photos to whet your appetite…

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