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Children and adults visited the Red Brick Building to celebrate the Avalon Marshes through poetry, stories, artwork and music. The event featured work by local school children and students inspired by the local wetland landscape and was organised by the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership.
As part of the project, school children spend two days exploring the wetland wildlife and heritage and producing stories and poetry with storyteller Jane Flood, and Somerset Film work with primary and secondary pupils to tell stories of the landscape through digital media such as film and animation. The results were presented at the event with over 50 people taking part. One teacher whose class was involved said ‘The Avalon Marshes is a beautiful landscape, it is a wonderful place for children to experience the natural world and regardless of how many times we visit children always enjoy their trip and return with different perspectives.’
Also taking part was artist Ruth Worsley working with children to create flags and banners using natural wetland materials, and Ivor Hancock demonstrating willow weaving. Pupils’ work on display came from many schools including Walton, Mark, St Joseph’s & St Teresa’s in Wells, Meare and Millfield Prep – as well as from children who are home educated. Two A Level music students from Strode College also performed pieces they wrote in response to a visit to the Avalon Marshes.