HALTON schoolchildren have been taking a break from the classroom to learn more about the borough's woodlands as part of the 'Wild About Halton' initiative.
The project, carried out by Groundwork Mersey Valley, saw 70 Year 6 pupils from Fairfield Junior School, Widnes, visit the Firs woodland at Daresbury, where they learnt about habitats and management of the woods.
There is currently thinning work taking place in the woodland and the pupils were able to see the effects of this and the reasons for it before carrying out other related work in the classroom.
Daresbury Firs woodland is a 10.8 hectare site of mainly conifers with smaller areas of mixed broad leaf trees and heathland. Owned by Halton Borough Council, the site is managed by Groundwork Mersey Valley.
'Wild About Halton' is a Halton Borough Council sponsored project, supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery fund, and involves schools and colleges from across the borough.
Daresbury Laboratories also offered help with the visit by providing rooms in its laboratory and access from its site to the woodland. This allowed the pupils to do further educational work in the form of quizzes and identification tasks in the classroom.
Sara Irwin, project manager at Groundwork Mersey Valley, said: 'The project allowed a new generation of young people the opportunity to dis-cover more about their local environment and to learn about the important role trees play in that environment.
'The children really seemed to enjoy the opportunity to explore the woodland and see the contractors at work, managing timber extraction.'