Henry Green pupils get stuck in at countryside event

More than 300 primary school children from across Barking and Dagenham joined thousands of others to experience country living.

The unique two-day event at the WaterWorks Nature Reserve in Lee Valley Regional Park, Leyton, was organised to give pupils a chance to learn about all aspects of the countryside.

The festival saw children taking part in hands-on activities including willow weaving and woodturning, as well as getting close to a range of animals.

Among those enjoying the falconry and sheepdog shows were Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Henry Green Primary School, Green Lane, Dagenham.

Teacher, Amishi Naik, described the trip, on September 27, as “wonderful”. She added: “The sun shone and my class were on their best behaviour today. The kids have had little outdoor experience so a hands-on event like Countryside Live is lovely for them.”

Shaun Dawson, park authority chief executive, said: “It’s an incredible opportunity for them to do things they normally wouldn’t, understand how life in the countryside really works and get close enough to touch animals such as sheep and goats.”