Pupils walk on the wild side with nature presenter Chris

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham with 11-year-old Paris Tatteroo-Smith
Springwatch presenter Chris Packham with 11-year-old Paris Tatteroo-Smith

TV presenter Chris Packham paid a visit to pupils at Old Town Primary School, Hebden Bridge, to celebrate its nature garden winning a £1,500 grant.

The wildlife expert, of the BBC’s Springwatch, said: “It was an absolute pleasure visiting all the staff and pupils and seeing the plans for their community nature project.

“I think it is so important for young people to get out and experience nature first-hand. There is no doubt that the area they have to develop offers real potential both for the community and its wildlife.

“We had a quick ramble and found plenty of life – snails, spiders, worms and a frog, all of which excited the youngsters. With a bit of co-operation I’m sure that the space can offer a lot to everyone.”

The school is one of nine lucky winners in Arla Foods’ Kids Closer to Nature grant scheme. It was chosen from 600 entries by a judging panel made up of Chris, TV presenter and producer Philippa Forrester and Arla Foods.

Philippa added: “Their garden project is really original and creative, and it is obvious how passionately the school and the community feel about helping local children to access nature.”