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People and the DALES

Halton Gill, Littondale

With the help of YDMT, primary school children from Our Lady of Victories Catholic School in Keighley and Aspin Park in Knareborough came together to enjoy learning in the Yorkshire Dales as part of the 'OurSpace' project.

'OurSpace' provides a unique intercultural residential experience, bringing together children from different cultural backgrounds to understand and celebrate diversity.

Fifteen pupils from each school attended a two-day residential event held at Halton Gill Bunk Barn in Littondale. On the second day YDMT joined the 30-strong group of children to deliver a unique outdoor learning experience that took the form of a short walk through the beautiful countryside surrounding Halton Gill, as part of the Trust’s 'People and the DALES' project.

YDMT's 'People and the DALES' Community Worker, Judy Rogers commented,'OurSpace’ is a fantastic project which enables children from very different backgrounds to spend time together getting to know one another. I am delighted to help the young people to look at nature in a different way and to give them a context for where they are staying, whilst giving the teachers a well-earned breather for a few hours during the residential. The two projects complement each other beautifully, because they are both about seeing things afresh with new eyes.”

During the course of the two mile walk the children, aged nine and ten, found out about the wildlife, history, geology and farming practices of Littondale. They tasted wild garlic, heard how farmers know when a ewe is pregnant, spotted ground nesting birds and got up close with slugs! The walk was interactive and stimulating, allowing plenty of time for the children to use all their senses to explore the Dales landscape.

One of the children commented. “I want to stay here for ever - it's the best time of my life”

The hands-on aspect of the session really brought the theory to life for the children, and complimented their classroom-based learning.

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