Children’s artwork celebrates nature at Woodberry Wetlands

Talented pupils from Jubilee Primary School in Stoke Newington have created a stunning mural of their local nature reserve, Woodberry Wetlands, featuring London’s colourful wildlife and the reserve’s distinctive urban skyline.

Pupils from several Jubilee classes visited Woodberry Wetlands last year as part of London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild about Learning’ outdoor education sessions, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Inspired by their visits, schoolchildren aged from four to 11 years created images that were then digitally combined by teacher Chris Neylan and printed on aluminium sheets. The artwork is now on permanent display in the school grounds.

Mural of Woodberry Wetlands by pupils of Jubilee Primary SchoolDuring their visits the children learned all about the natural world and investigated the wildlife that lives at Woodberry, with pond-dipping sessions and mini-beast hunts overseen by Trust staff. Nicole, aged nine years, said: “I liked the pond dipping, where there were lots of insects, and they were swimming about having fun!” Eray, aged ten years, added: “We caught lots of slugs, and they were really big! We also found lots of tadpoles in the pond. I really enjoyed it!”

Aleksander Makucewicz, Learning Officer at Woodberry Wetlands, said: “The children from Jubilee Primary School are regular visitors and it is always a pleasure to see them! They love exploring the natural world and meeting the wildlife that lives here and it is great to see that we have inspired them so much since Woodberry opened last year. Nature is so important to our health, especially in a big city like London, and we are hugely grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery who help us make the Trust’s ‘Wild about Learning’ sessions possible.”

Naomi Robinson, Art Coordinator at Jubilee Primary School added: “The children were really inspired by the big, open spaces at Woodberry Wetlands. Together they have done a fantastic job of capturing the diverse wildlife, distinct architecture and the flowers, reeds and trees that bloom around the reserve. I am immensely proud of their individual contributions and hard work!”

Woodberry Wetlands is one of more than 40 nature reserves run by London Wildlife Trust across the capital. The Wetlands were opened by Sir David Attenborough in April 2016 and are based around a freshwater reservoir that had previously been closed to the public for almost 200 years. The reserve is free to visit, has toilets and a café, and is less than a ten-minute walk from Manor House tube station.

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Posted on January 26th 2017