Strangford MLA Simon Hamilton paid a special visit to Comber Primary School this week to find out more about an innovative and exciting new education programme designed to help local school children get to grips with nature.
Sponsored by Newtownards business Peninsula Print & Design and developed by leading nature conservation charity the Ulster Wildlife Trust, Simon heard how children from primary schools throughout his constituency are learning how wildlife uses colour and design to survive – from flowers attracting pollinators and butterflies warding off predators, to moths disguising themselves using camouflage.
Delivered by the Ulster Wildlife Trust’s experienced education guides using a mix of innovative, hands-on activities, youngsters are discovering all about nature’s amazing adaptations and how humans have taken inspiration from nature’s creations in their everyday lives.
The charity hopes that the education programme will inspire young people about the amazing natural world right on our doorstep, and encourage a willingness to act on its behalf.
Simon Hamilton, MLA for Strangford, expressed his pleasure in being invited to see what the children were discovering. He said: “It is great to see an excellent local firm like Peninsula Print partner with the Ulster Wildlife Trust to bring such a brilliant programme right into classrooms in our area. Even in these tough economic times, it is encouraging that a local business is prepared to support such a worthwhile community initiative that will hopefully not just educate schoolchildren about nature, but also stimulate a lifetime interest in the exceptional environment we live in.”
Gary Withers, Managing Director of Peninsula Print & Design added: “We are very pleased to be supporting this education programme and hope that local school children will really benefit from it. The guiding principle behind Peninsula Print and Design is our desire to deliver the best service, quality and value. But equally important is our belief in the importance of giving something back to the local community.
“Over the years, we’ve developed close ties with many local organisations, community groups and colleges. Our partnership with the Ulster Wildlife Trust is a further expression of this and it also underpins our corporate commitment to the issue of environmental awareness.”
Peninsula Print and Design’s green credentials extend into its manufacturing processes, and is a fully accredited BS 8555 commercial print operation. The local business also supports the Ulster Wildlife Trust’s work as a corporate member.
To find out more about the Ulster Wildlife Trust and its education work, visit here.