Icklesham pupils learn about the landscape

ACORN eating pigs and ancient woodland were topics of discussion when Icklesham C of E Primary School pupils learnt about the High Weald recently.

Pupils at the school have signed up to become High Weald Heroes; a pledge to find out about, explore, take care of, be proud of and enjoy the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers most of Rother and extends 1,461 square kilometres across the South East.

At a special assembly, the children discovered how bluebells are a sign of an ancient woodland and how sunken lanes across the High Weald were created by Anglo-Saxon pig drovers taking their animals to feed on acorns.

They were also presented with spotters’ guides to the landscape and bookmarks reminding them of their High Weald Heroes commitments.

The scheme is delivered by the High Weald AONB Unit, which is funded by 15 local authorities including Rother District Council. The unit furthers understanding of the landscape as well as helping with its conservation.

High Weald AONB Unit education officer Laura Sweeting said: “I was delighted to welcome children at Icklesham to the High Weald Heroes scheme.

“I look forward to working with the school in future, providing support for pupils and teachers to allow them to discover more about this unique landscape.”