Lincoln students point visitors on right path at nature reserve

Students from a Lincoln school are helping visitors get the most out of a nature reserve this summer.

Pupils from Sir Robert Pattison Academy have undertaken two projects to help Whisby Nature Reserve.

Design and technology students at the North Hykeham academy, led by teachers Gareth and Donna Jones, have made specially commissioned wooden signs to be used around the visitor centre.

The pupils designed the signage on computers before crafting them out of European oak.

The signs were then painted in water-based wood dye and oil-free varnish and will be installed by the students around the education centre in September.

Meanwhile pupils from the school, from year 7 to the sixth form, have submitted work to be included in an art exhibition at the Natural World Centre at Whisby.

The artwork stems from a project that encouraged students to develop their art skills further and conduct their own research which included going on a bug hunt as homework.

The exhibition, the fourth in a series called School’s Out, runs until Sunday, August 30.

“We are so proud of the students involved in both these projects and absolutely delighted that we can offer real and practical assistance to such an important local attraction,” said headteacher Helen Renard.

“The school puts a lot of focus on preparing our students for work in the real world and projects such as this are part of that process.

“In addition the pupils are excited and honoured to see their work on display and enjoyed by the hundreds of visitors to Whisby over the summer.”