We loved the litter picking, and helped to lop a tree that had fallen down. We hope that Galley’s Gill becomes litter free one day so that the natural beauty can be appreciated and a lovely place to perform artwork.

We were so busy during our visit to Galley’s Gill and this time had some wonderful weather. We spotted lots of wildflowers, played heritage games and did some conservation work too.

Our classes spent a lot of time working with maps, old photos – and best of all, working with our visitors from Sunderland Maritime Heritage to learn about our past and how the land was used in and around Sunderland. We didn’t realize how many ships were built here!

We braved more wet weather on our visit to see Kirsty and Rio at the Durham Wildlife Trust centre at Rainton Meadows. We loved the wildflower trail that took us round a large part of the reserve. We had to use the orienteering and wildflower ID skills that we’d picked up in the morning to…

Our project began with a presentation on Galley’s Gill using aerial photos from the past, present – and future! Most of us had never even heard of Galley’s Gill, let alone visit it. We were excited to discover that we would be helping to create a wildflower meadow both in Galley’s Gill and our own…