Northumberland Wildlife Trust celebrated its latest funding boost – a whopping £200,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery – with a wet and messy day at East Chevington nature reserve at Druridge Bay.
Armed with pump action water pistols and mud bombs, staff from the Trust’s people and wildlife team joined forces with RAF Boulmer’s Airplay Youth Support Project and helped bring out the inner wild child in more than 20 children, with activities ranging from den building, rope making and camp fire cooking to a full-blown water fight.
Trust chief executive Mike Pratt said: “Our patron, TV presenter Chris Packham says that the rarest thing you will see in the countryside these days is a child, so what better way to celebrate such a great funding boost than with water pistols and mud bombs – things which were part of my childhood, but sadly a thing of the past.
“Wildlife cannot stand up for itself, so it’s vital we harness the enthusiasm of today’s youngsters as they are the conservationists of tomorrow - without support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, this would be very difficult for us to do.”
The trust has so far received a total of £894.940 from People’s Postcode Lottery.