Pupils at High Clarence Primary School in Teesside gained insight into an engineering project on their doorstep when they were taken on a tour of earthworks for a new flood defence scheme.
The £11M flood embankments, which are currently being built by the Bam Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture, will reduce the risk of flooding from Greatham Creek and create 30ha of new wildlife habitat.
During the visit, the children saw the new flood embankments under construction and also visited the nearby Port Clarence flood defence scheme, which has been recently completed.
Environment Agency senior advisor Phil Marshall said: “It’s really important the community understands how the flood defences at Port Clarence work together with the scheme at Greatham Creek to reduce their risk of flooding.
“It’s a great project with lots of innovative features and the added benefit of creating extra habitat for wildlife in a vital conservation area.
“Our future generations will play an important role in ensuring our communities are resilient as we deal with the impacts of climate change and it was great to show the school pupils this great engineering and habitat creation project. Hopefully it will inspire them to want to make a difference!”