Local school children get a closer look at nature thanks to a councillor grant

Posted on: 12 March 2019

Children at Sticklepath school in Barnstaple have benefited from a North Devon councillor grant scheme.

On Thursday 7 March, local ward members, Councillors Des Brailey and Dick Jones presented a community councillor grant for £860 to Sticklepath Community School.

The money has provided four magnifier posts for the school playground; enabling the children to get a much closer look at the fascinating world of mini beasts.

It’s not just bugs and insects that the children can magnify, any small objects such as feathers, leaves, stones or flowers can been viewed up close using the new equipment.

Councillor Des Brailey, said: “I’m delighted to be able to use my community grant to provide even more opportunity for the children to get closer to nature.  The Community Councillor Grant Scheme provides a great opportunity for councillors to really help community projects such as this within North Devon.”

Councillor Dick Jones, said: “I’m really pleased that through this scheme we have been able to support Sticklepath Community School with installing these magnifying posts.  They are a brilliant way of helping children to engage with the natural world and learn more about the environment.”

Deputy Head of Sticklepath Community School, Richard Blunt, said: “Through our wonderful Forest School and outdoor learning at Sticklepath, our children are passionate about nature, and these bug magnifiers will allow them to get an even closer look into the micro-world around them. We are so grateful that the community grant has provided this super learning opportunity for our pupils and wider community alike.”

Through the Community Councillor Grant Scheme, each North Devon councillor has £1,000 to support projects and services run by community or voluntary groups and not for profit organisations each year. Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past.

Applications for councillor community grants re-open again on 13 May 2019 and applications are invited from any not-for-profit group or organisation.  To qualify, the project or service must be located within the North Devon district or be of significant benefit to people living in North Devon.

More information about the scheme is available on our website.

Photo shows (L-R) Councillor Jones, Lily De’ath, Joseph May, Ava Santos Almedia, Mandy Dawes and Councillor Brailey

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