St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School wins The Kingfisher Award

PUBLISHED: 10:36 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:36 25 July 2019

Kate Ponting. Ref exb 14 19TI 0914. Picture: Terry Ife

Kate Ponting. Ref exb 14 19TI 0914. Picture: Terry Ife


Clinton Devon Estate’s Kate Ponting celebrates food, farming and the environment with Exmouth primary pupils.

Earlier this month, 280 pupils from six local schools came to Bicton Arena to celebrate the final part of a farming initiative for primary schools.

The Kingfisher Award organised by FWAG SW and hosted in Devon by Clinton Estates, connects pupils with their food, farming and the environment.

After a farm visits in May and project work in class, each school brought displays of poetry, artwork, interactive models and games, songs and more to show what they learned about the topics 'muck, milk and minibeasts'.

The children their parents and invited guests enjoyed an evening to see the work displayed and talk to the judges: Hon Detta Keane from Clinton Estates, Dr Victoria Edwards of the Ernest Cook Trust and East Devon District councillor Tom Wright, who chose a winner and a runner-up.

The overall winners were St Joseph's Catholic Primary School who received prize money and a beautiful carved trophy.

Any primary or secondary school looking ahead to the next academic year is encouraged to consider Clinton Devon Estates and the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust who host (and licence independent) educational visits to farms, woodlands or heathland at Woodbury common.

Activities are free of charge, tailored to the curriculum and the needs of young pupils and provide children with local connections to wildlife, land management and conservation, whilst enjoying fun and worthwhile educational experiences in beautiful countryside.

For more information, contact me on 01395 443881 or by emailing kate.ponting@clintondevon.com

Join Heath Week for a celebration of our heaths, with over 20 drop-in and bookable events between July 28 and August 3, for all ages.

Visit heathweek.org for details and bookings.

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