Tarmac’s Skipton Quarry partners with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to host educational visit for local school

July 23, 2021

Tarmac’s Skipton Quarry was delighted to welcome students from Embsay Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School to take part in an educational visit in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park (YDNP).

On Wednesday 14th July, Year 6 students from the school spent the afternoon exploring the quarries surrounding woodland, taking part in the YDNP Woodland Detective activity which involved identifying trees and plants, learning about and testing growing conditions in the woods, finding out about wildlife in the woods, and searching for mini beasts

The visit was led by the YDNP education officer, supported by three volunteers.

Rebecca Swift, education officer at YDNP, said: “Having a woodland that we could use for our activities, that was walkable from the primary school, was ideal. The woodland provided a rich learning environment for the pupils and Tarmac were very helpful in helping to prepare for the session.”

Kirsty Compton from Embsay Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, said: ”Thanks to YDNP and Tarmac, the children had a fantastic, hands-on experience of a woodland habitat and how to preserve it for the future.

“Even though the woodland is local to Embsay, many of the children hadn’t visited the part we explored and were keen to visit again with family, to share their knowledge of the great diversity of trees they saw, as well as the wild strawberries!”

Paul Parker, unit manager at Skipton quarry, said: “We were pleased to be able to support the YDNP with this event. We are very lucky to have a beautiful woodland setting around the quarry and it’s great to see local children making the most of this and getting out into nature.”