On Saturday 12th May, five Year 12 students volunteered their time at the 11th Wild About The Wensum at Pensthorpe Natural Park, following a long tradition of Fakenham Academy and Pensthorpe collaboration. Wild About the Wensum is all about connecting the local community with the internationally important river Wensum and valley and the organisations who work to safeguard this area.
All of the students arrived early to help with setting up the stands, assisting with the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust stand and other exhibitor’s stands. The ability to easily switch from task to task is key for volunteers and all five students handled this admirably and we managed to get everything ready for the 10am opening.
Just before our special guest Nick Baker officially opened the event he spent some time talking to the students. Nick a naturalist, TV presenter and author felt that it was important for students to have an interest and respect for nature no matter which academic or career path they eventually took.
The rest of the day was mixed with managing the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust stand and helping children with their colouring activities. The students also assisted Break Charity with their GoGoHares stand as well as checking on the eight leveret (young hares) sculptures around the park. Joining the talks and art competition winners announcements; getting drinks for busy stand holders and running vital errands were all part of the day.
The event was a great success and several exhibitors approached us all full of praise for the students attitudes and professionalism.
Thank you from all of us at Pensthorpe, we look forward to welcoming Fakenham Academy Sixth Form back for Wild About the Wensum 2019 on 11th May 2019!