Credit to the college students for their environmental work

YOU printed an article about the work that is being carried out at Little Waters in Seaton Burn (News Guardian, February 21).

But credit must be given where it is due.

The aim was to clear the silt and rubbish from the stretch of the burn which flows from Little Waters (on the other side of the A1 bypass from Big Waters) as far as the bridge on the old A1.

Also to remove broken and overhanging bushes from adjoining waterways and help bring back wildlife to the water and surrounding area.

Whilst local councillors secured a grant of £4,000, and the work was planned and overseen by biodiversity officers from Newcastle and North Tyneside, together with Emma from Northumberland Wildlife Trust, the stars of the project are the group of Year 11 applied studies students from Seaton Burn College.

With their committed and inspirational teachers they have spent lessons each week for the last six months in a wonderful outdoor classroom.

Under supervision they have grafted with physical work, studied the many species of wild life that can be found, used art, photography and computers to bring images to life and read and written about local mining history.

This spring the wild flower seeds and 3,000 donated bulbs they planted will be living evidence of their efforts and it is absolutely great to see the water flowing freely once again.

And last week the college students organised a coffee afternoon in the sheltered home in the village and took their displays along to show the residents.

These brought back many personal good memories and the chats that took place have given the students ideas for follow up work.

Sincere thanks to every one of you and best of luck with your exams.


Weetslade Ward