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Giant hare launches new conservation school sessions


Tuesday 29 October, 2019


Greater Anglia’s giant animatronic hare made a surprise appearance during a full school assembly at Weeting Primary School this morning to celebrate hare themed education sessions for schools thanks to a new partnership between Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) and Greater Anglia (GA).

Fifteen schools in three areas that have stations served by GA – Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Thetford – will enjoy a full school day’s visit from NWT’s education team, with all costs covered by GA’s sponsorship.

The sessions will be themed around hares. This important species has its stronghold in Norfolk, although numbers of the once common hare have shown a steady decline in England since the 1960s. This energetic animal is known for its pace across open ground and has been adopted as GA’s logo, representing moving forward with speed, grace and freedom.

The children will learn about wildlife and habitats and the value of nature. They will use their senses and imagination to explore the natural world through play; search school grounds for signs of wildlife; and create works of art using natural materials, such as a giant hare image created from leaves.

CEO of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pamela Abbott said: “Greater Anglia’s commitment to supporting the work of Norfolk Wildlife Trust is wonderfully demonstrated by supporting our education and engagement work in Norfolk. We are committed to encouraging more people to experience and value nature. We believe everyone deserves to live in a healthy wildlife-rich environment and seek to bring the joy of wildlife into people’s daily lives.”

Greater Anglia Head of corporate affairs, Jonathan Denby said: “Over the next two years, Greater Anglia is undergoing a transformation, replacing every single train with brand new trains at a cost of £1.4 bn. Our new trains are even more environmentally friendly and will soon be serving customers travelling to Norfolk, where passengers can enjoy the unique wildlife and wild places cared for by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. We are thrilled to be working with NWT to engage local children with their wildlife, including the region’s beautiful hares.”

GA has been a Corporate Partner of NWT for many years. This new sponsorship programme also includes a wildlife activity packs for families travelling on trains; and support for NWT’s Nature Reserves handbook.

They are replacing every single train with 169 brand new trains, which will all have more seats, free fast wifi, power and USB points, air conditioning, better passenger information screens and improved accessibility features.
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