Students treated to special nature day

Harleston primary school students help Smurfit Kappa celebrate their sustainability as a company.

Harleston primary school students help Smurfit Kappa celebrate their sustainability as a company. - Credit: Archant

Primary school pupils were treated to an ecological day at Smurfit Kappa in Diss as the company celebrated its sustainability.

The 11 Harleston primary school students, aged between six and 11-years old, helped the company-who are producers of paper-based packaging-to take part in the Forest Stewardship Council's FSC day, the organisation's annual celebration of responsible forestry.

The pupils, who are all part of the school's eco-rangers group, were treated to a nature trail on the company's grounds where they saw dragonflies and insects while collecting berries, leaves and twigs to make art projects with.

The children were then each presented with certificates and their own bug safari kit and book to take home. The school were given a Smurfit Kappa Planter with wildlife seeds along with bug houses for various insects.

Roger Walsh, head teacher at Harleston primary school, said the day was a great opportunity for the children: 'We've been supported by the company and their FSC days for three years now, and a group of students are invited there.

'It's a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to look at the grounds and explore them to see what wildlife they could see while also collecting sensible bits of nature to do art work with.

'The children were captivated by the day and getting them up and close to nature is important. They also got a nice gift to enthuse them to keep on being interested in nature.'

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