Below are some of the Schools Project which happened during the Scheme:
Learning My Landscape
People are becoming increasingly disengaged with wildlife and the landscape. The Learning my Landscape project tried to address this problem by working with schools to raise awareness of the distinctiveness and richness of the Lower Derwent Valley as a learning resource.
- Off site visits to explore the landscape of the valley, with a focus on the location and interests of the specific school
- Creation of education resources to help train and support teachers
- In-school sessions to include mapping and surveying the landscape
- Practical habitat management and creation sessions to replicate features found in the local countryside in school grounds
Allestree Park Meadow Creation & Belper Parks
Local school groups carried out nature study work on the parks, learning to identify wildflowers to help monitor these flower rich meadows.
The Derwent Explorers project engaged selected young people to go on an adventure in the Lower Derwent Valley. This targeted children and young people who were, for example, anxious about the transition between primary and secondary school or students who were disaffected with school based learning. The project also brought together children from urban and rural communities.
- Planning the visit including transport to the site, compiling a kit list, preparing a menu, booking the hostel and keeping within budget
- Pupils choosing and agreeing activities including den building, bushcraft surveying and practical conservation work
- Participants recording their journey in a way that suited them
- Celebration events were held for the families of participants to share their success
Sedimentation was a participatory arts project which brought geology to life! It introduced the participants to the importance of the geology of the area through the arts. The project focused on the underlying geological structures that helped to create not only the landscape but also specifically led onto other environmental properties of the area. These include the rivers and water that have given rise to the settlement and industrialisation of the DerwentWISE area.
- Looking and learning about rock formation and sedimentation with the DerwentWISE project area
- Using different clays and clay body colours to create a range of ceramics based on sedimentation processes and rock structures
- Ceramic work included a wide range of possible artefacts, including a choice of decorative pots, sculptural or low relief pieces and jewellery
DARLEY PARK WALLED GARDEN: STONE MOSAICS
This was an art based project which focused on the creation of a stone mosaic to form part of the internationally important national hydrangea collection at Darley Park Walled Garden. The project aimed to attract different audiences and looked at traditional local and new local cultural celebrations all using natural materials. The project linked to water, wells, food and harvests and provided opportunities to explore other aspects of DerwentWISE landscape and of the DVMWHS heritage. Visual themes such as native trees and plants, water-meadows, and the DerwentWISE/HLF logo was used in the design.
MAPS AND MAPPING
Maps and mapping was a major participatory arts project where the theme linked into a range of activities, using maps and mapping, (in the broadest sense) as both inspiration and as a means of visually interpreting many of the projects within the ‘Conserving or Restoring‘ themes of the DerwentWISE scheme.
- Visual maps and mapping – past and current use
- Other forms of mapping such as technological, literary or musical/aural
- 3D or sculptural mapping
- Simple animated film work
- ‘The creation of ‘Treasure Maps’ which drew on individual personal local experience, to celebrate both the known and hidden gems that made up DerwentWISE’