Sheffield ‘Greenagers’ take walk on wild side

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INTREPID youngsters joined wilderness expert Ray Mears for a survival masterclass after proving their green credentials.

Pupils from Sheffield High School and Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School learned how to make a fire, use nature to conquer the elements, and go trekking in the mini-adventure.

Both schools won the experience as a reward for triumphing in a contest to find the country’s 100 greenest teenagers.

Television star Ray, an ambassador for the competition, said: “I’ve spent the last couple of days with the winners and continue to be impressed by the imagination, initiative, and respect these young people have for the great outdoors.

“Together we enjoyed the environment and fresh air and I am really impressed by these ‘greenagers’ - there are definitely some future wildlife warriors among them!”

To win the competition, run by npower to encourage children to spend more time outdoors, pupils had to introduce a new green project in their area.

The Henry Fanshawe pupils promoted outdoor activities and took part in a sponsored 10-mile walk.

The team from Sheffield High School also impressed in the Climate Cops SOS event, with a nature garden and bee conservation.

Both sets of youngsters enjoyed hill walking and canoeing in their adventure at The Outward Bound Trust’s Lake District venue last week.

Clare McDougall, npower’s head of education and community, said: “With young people like this paving the way, our future really is brighter.”