Schoolchildren from five primary schools in the Wrexham area explored the wildlife living on their doorstep last week.
Back in the classroom, the pupils will re-capture their experiences through poetry, which they will present at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Wrexham.
More than 100 pupils joined countryside officers from Wrexham County
Borough Council to explore the natural wonders of Ponciau Banks Park in Rhosllanerchrugog, Nant Mill on the river Clywedog and Ty Mawr Country Park in Cefn Mawr.
At this time of year, the nature sites are bustling with wildlife.
The ‘nature of our community’ poetry project is organised by the Countryside Council for Wales and the National Eisteddfod in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council.
Countryside Officer for Wrexham Liz Carding said: “In our Country
Parks you get a real sense of peace, being surrounded by and immersed in nature – something that’s so important to our health and wellbeing in today’s busy world.
“The children used all their senses – saw dragonflies and butterflies in flight, smelt the fresh bluebells in the woods and listened to birdsong all around.
They really enjoyed seeing the farm animals at Ty Mawr and collecting colours from the organic hay meadows there.
“We hope the trip inspired the children by giving them first-hand experience of the special environment on their doorstep.”
Over the coming weeks, local poet Aled Lewis Evans will be visiting the schools to help children shape their experiences into poems.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the weeks ahead, helping the children interpret their thoughts and feelings about their local environment through poetry. It’s a great way to build children’s confidence.”
When the National Eisteddfod arrives in Wrexham this summer, the children will be among the first performers – giving readings of their poems in the Literature Tent (Sunday 30 July, 3.45pm).
After hearing the children read their work aloud, Eisteddfod-goers will hopefully be inspired to visit Wrexham’s country parks, as well.
Find out more about Wrexham’s wildlife sites here.
The primary schools taking part are: Ysgol Cynddelw, Glyn Ceiriog; Ysgol
Bryn Tabor, Coedpoeth, Ysgol Hooson, Rhosllannerchrugog; Ysgol Bodhyfryd and Ysgol Plas Coch, Wrexham.