Tadcaster youngsters make a splash for new school pond

pupils at Riverside Primary School Tadcaster watch as the new wildlife pond is filled

pupils at Riverside Primary School Tadcaster watch as the new wildlife pond is filled

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CHILDREN at a Tadcaster school are delighted with their new school pond.

Riverside Community Primary School pupils saw the new unveiling of their pond this month after the area had become overgrown with brambles and weeds over the last few years.

Teacher Helen Spring, who is also the school’s Science Leader, has been working alongside Iain Walker, a North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service Development Officer, to clear out the area of overgrowth in the school’s grounds.

Young offenders have helped work on the projects as part of their community service, Iain said.

One of the local fire station crews from Tadcaster went to the site and pumped 9,000 litres of water into the pond.

Year four pupils came down to watch the pond being filled, with the youngsters using the pond as part of their ecological studies.

Helen Spring said: “The children are really looking forward to finding out more about wildlife in the local area. As Science Leader, I am very pleased that we now have the pond; it will be an excellent teaching resource for the whole school. Many thanks to the Youth Justice Service for all their help and to Calcaria Carpets for their great help with underlays at very short notice!”

sarah.dawson@ypn.co.uk