Plants on the Edge
Teesdale’s Tiny Giants
Students from Middleton-in Teesdale School got up close to the flora at Cow Green as they studied the size, shape and importance of the rare flora in Upper Teesdale with the help of Sara Cox and Teesdale Special Flora Trust’s Plants on the Edge Project.
Their next challenge back at school is to use their sketches to create cyanotypes of the flora and 3D sculptures of the Spring gentian using wire, tissue paper and their ideas. Spring gentian is on the school logo in recognition of now rare and special the flora is but the children were also amazed at the colour and resilience of the Bird’s eye primrose in the strong wind.
The children’s work will be on display at The Witham, Barnard Castle, during August.
Teesdale School Scientists
Science Club and Nature Club members from Teesdale School have been solving the puzzle of why Upper Teesdale is such a special place for rare flora with the help of Teesdale Special Flora’s Plants on the Edge Project.
Eleni Mann, Durham University Earth Science student, led the first workshop with support from her supervisor, Dr Stuart Jones. Teesdale School students examined the properties of local rocks, un-muddled the layers of geology found under Cow Green and unpicked the puzzle of the strange rock order. The students were magnificent in their questions and ideas.
Teesdale students’ next challenge was to explore why many of the flowers, which grow nowhere else in the world, have been found to be under threat. For these sessions, the students worked with renowned local botanist Dr Margaret Bradshaw and Lynne Sharp, of Teesdale School who also helped to coordinate the workshops.