Cheltenham pupils explore their local history as part of a new Cotswold Conservation Board Education Project

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The Year 6 pupils from Greatfield Park School in Cheltenham will be fossil hunting and discovering how Iron Age man lived at Crickley Hill Country Park on Tuesday 16th June thanks to a new education initiative organised by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens and Cotswold Conservation Board. In addition to fossil hunting with the Geology Trust and learning about the Iron Age with Gloucestershire County Council, the pupils will also be looking at woodland areas with the National Trust. The full day’s event forms part of a wider education project developed by the wardens who are working with nine schools across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is aiming to help pupils to get out of the classroom and experience their local environment and become more aware of the Cotswolds as a special area.
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Notes to editors:
• Working in partnership with other organisations continues to be an important element of the work of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Service. They work with local authorities, wildlife trusts, Butterfly Conservation, DEFRA, The Wychwood Forest Project and many local communities.
• The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
• The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
• With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest of 40 AONBs in England and Wales and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special character are conserved. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
 
Press contact: Nicola Greaves Tel: 01451 862003 Email: nicola.greaves@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk Cotswolds Conservation Board Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH Tel: 01451 862000 Website: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk