Junior Board

Meet our 2018 nature enthusiasts!

 

We recently recruited 12 young nature enthusiasts to join our Junior Board and offer their opinions and knowledge to our team, to help influence future developments around Pensthorpe. The team will meet with us 4 times a year and will be working on various projects that will hopefully enhance the natural and family-friendly visitor experience.

The first meeting of the 2018/19 Junior Board took place in July at which they discussed new event ideas, their favourite things about nature, and ways to encourage more families to spend time outdoors. They agreed that the more people got to understand the natural world, the more likely they would be to protect it.

As part of their Board status, have received family membership to Pensthorpe – so they can have many more ideas over the school holidays!

Deb Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe Natural Park, comments: “It’s a delight to see so many passionate and enthusiastic young nature-lovers get together to share ideas and talk about ways to protect the environment.

“At this age these inspiring young people are already making positive changes in their local communities. Encouraging others to see the merits of the natural world is high on their agenda, as is the desire to get more children outside to explore what nature has to offer. We share these values with the group and are excited to see where our future brainstorming sessions will take us!”

 

Meet the team:

 

Kieran (aged 9)

  • Featured in various local newspapers for rescuing 130 toads off a road
  • Wanted to be a member as he knows how much fun it can be to play outside

 

Teddi (aged 10)

  • Has a venus fly trap called Vinny
  • Has lots of suggestions for Pensthorpe including a litter pick and a mini beast hunt

 

Gareth (aged 10)

  • Is a member of the school’s eco council
  • Runs a school bird watching club
  • Has lots of suggestions for Pensthorpe including a children working party where children can design and plant mini gardens
  • Thinks people can learn from nature

 

Sam (Aged 9)

  • Wants to encourage more children off their computers and to go outside
  • His favorite Christmas present was an explorer kit
  • Class representative on the school council

 

Oliver (aged 9)

  • Visited our Wild about the Wensum event and loved it
  • Grandad brought him some binoculars so he can go bat watching
  • Is doing the 30 days wild challenge

 

Hannah (aged 10)

  • Part of the school gardening club
  • Organizes local litter picks
  • Loves nature through the seasons

 

Sophia (aged 10)

  • Wants to be a member of the Junior Board to meet like minded young people
  • Bird watches at another local nature reserve
  • Loves how nature changes and there is always something new to see and learn

 

Niamh (aged 11)

  • Member of Dereham countrysiders and the RSPB
  • Builds bug mansions in the garden
  • Enjoys growing her own food

 

Kirby (aged 10)

  • Doing the 365 days wild challenge
  • Volunteers at another local nature reserve and helped raise £586.30 for them by doing a sponsored litter pick (among other things)
  • Wants to be a member because nature makes her feel calm, relaxed and happy

 

Archie (aged 10)

  • Travelled to lots of places to bird watch with his dad and is therefore very patient
  • Wants to be a member as concerned about the environment and wants to help change it
  • Wants to encourage more people to see and do more outside rather than watching TV

 

Kiki (aged 9)

  • Been a member of the school council
  • Loves anything to do with water – wants to be a marine biologist
  • Favourite bird is an owl

 

Keira (aged 10)

  • Won a nature photography competition for a photograph of fungi on a tree
  • Member of the Children’s University
  • Enjoys encourage her whole family outside to enjoy nature with her (particularly her younger brother!)

 

The group will next meet in October 2018.