Pupils Take a Trip into Rural History; Youngsters Visit Nature Appreciation Show at Civic Hall

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Byline: EMMA RACE

TIME is being created in the busy school day for 400 pupils to stop and smell the flowers, hold vegetables and play with sticks.

It doesn't sound like the usual curriculum, but Bedworth Civic Hall welcomed hundreds of students to a nature appreciation day organised by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Organiser Rachael Love, said: "The day is a hands-on way to get important environmental messages across."

Schoolchildren saw exhibitions organised by bird and badger protection groups, a vegetable stall from Ryton Organic Gardens and listened to representatives from the National Farmers' Union, all to improve awareness of their environment.

And the nine to eleven-year-olds even got up close to rare snowy owls - as featured in Harry Potter - to learn about man's damaging impact on wildlife.

Year six teacher Nadine Cart, from St Michael's CE Primary School in Hazel Grove, Bedworth, said: "This is the third year running I've brought the children.

"Everyone has been really listening - they particularly enjoyed the play and they take it all in. …