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SCHOOL SCHEME SCHOOL pupils are invited to sign up to a green initiative. The Yellow Woods Challenge, organised by Yell and the Woodland Trust, aims to help children learn about the environment and sustainability. Nursery, pre-school, primary and special schools are invited to sign up for the scheme. Registered schools will receive curriculum-linked teaching resources, including videos, lesson plans and interactive whiteboard materials, as well as receive monthly enewsletters with topical ideas and activities. Schools will also have the opportunity to take part a competition, recycling old Yellow Pages directories for the chance to win up to pounds 500 in cash as well as educational Woodland Trust prizes. Visit www.yellowwoods. PLANT REVIVAL A PLANT not seen in South Northumberland since 1969 has been rediscovered during a survey of Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Big Waters reserve.

The Rigid Hornwort was discovered during random area sampling organised by the Botanical Society of the British Isles. It is a useful plant for small aquatic animals, providing good shelter and also secretes substances that suppress the growth of algae which can help prevent the problems caused by algal blooms.

Situated on the northern edge of Newcastle and under the flight path to the nearby airport, Big Waters is the name given to the lake formed through subsidence of underground mine workings, and is the largest of its type in the region.

WHEELY USEFUL TWO much-needed cycle racks have been installed at Northumberland Wildlife Trust's St Nicholas Park and Fencerhill Wood nature reserves in Gosforth. The Trust's Green Team secured the funding for the cycle racks and thanks to Sally Herbert, travel plan officer at Newcastle City Council, who helped secure pounds 300 towards the total cost of the racks.

The wildlife charity is keen to promote the benefits of cycling and thanks to the Cycle to Work scheme and the new cycle racks, more staff, volunteers and visitors to Fencerhill Wood will be able to wheel out their cycles and get peddling.

HELPERS ON THE BALL YOUNG footballers joined staff from McDonald's in Blyth for a litter pick as part of an environment campaign. Supported by Northumberland County Council, the staff and junior footballers from Blyth Spartans staged the tidy-up in the Cowpen Road area of the town as part of the Love Northumberland campaign.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2010
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