Television Presenter Nick Baker opens Schools Eco Summit at Seale-Hayne

Television presenter Nick Baker opened the first ever Eco Summit for Devon primary schools held at Seale-Hayne yesterday.

Groups of children aged 7-11 from several Devon primary schools took part in the inaugural Eco Summit where they shared their experiences of environmental learning for a better world. The event enabled the children to take part in a number of ‘active learning’ workshops run by the cream of environmental workshop providers in Devon and it inspired children to be the thinkers of the future.

Nick Baker is a naturalist and television presenter, notably on Children’s BBC’s The Really Wild Show and has recently finished filming Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures. He opened the event with a talk about his experiences and what motivated him to get involved with nature when he was at school. This was followed by presentations by the different schools about something they have done in their school to benefit the environment in a positive manner. The presentations were very creative and benefited from some celebrity input. There will also be further school support provided when the children take their ideas back to their communities.

The event is the brain child of Devon County Council’s Waste Education project, delivered by Resource Futures, and has received support funding from the Ernest Cook Trust. Team Leader Demelza Annison said “We are all very excited about the Summit as it is has been a great opportunity for both children and adults to work collaboratively on environmental issues”.