Ex­plor­ers can see the wood for the trees

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

THE theme for the lat­est Wildlife Ex­plorer meet­ing was ‘Life in the Trees’.

The Mac­cles­field RSPB young ex­plor­ers is a youth branch of the RSPB which meets reg­u­larly to en­joy var­ied pro­gramme of na­ture events and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, teenagers and fam­i­lies.

At their lat­est meet­ing, mem­bers took part in a num­ber of tree-based puzzles, mazes and word­searches, be­fore leader Martin James ex­plained their im­por­tance.

Tina Hanak, group leader, said: “Martin ex­plained the dif­fer­ent ways a huge range of dif­fer­ent crea­tures de­pend on these in­cred­i­ble plants for food and shel­ter.

“Chil­dren then cre­ated a liv­ing hu­man sculp­ture of the struc­ture of a tree – ev­ery­thing from the tap root, lat­eral roots and heart­wood to the xylem, phloem and bark – com­plete with lots of ac­tions and noises to rep­re­sent the func­tions of each part!”

The Wildlife Ex­plor­ers then turned their thoughts to the fu­ture, con­struct­ing a ‘wishes tree’ and writ­ing their hopes for pos­i­tive fu­ture changes for wildlife and the en­vi­ron­ment on the leaves.

You can keep up-to­date with Mac­cles­field Wildlife Ex­plor­ers on their Face­book page or fol­low them on Twit­ter @Mac­cWildlife, or at www.mac­cles­fiel­dr­spb. org.uk.

●● Mem­bers of the Mac­cles­field RSPB Young Ex­plor­ers learned all about trees at their most re­cent meet­ing

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