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Budding Reporters' Special Assignment at Ludlow Touring Park

(5th July 2012)

<p>Budding Reporters' Special Assignment at Ludlow Touring Park</p>

Four budding journalists from Bishop Hooper Primary School in Ludlow, armed with pens, notepads and a camera, have been given a special reporting assignment.

The pupils, accompanied by teacher Nicola Collins, visited the town’s new £3 million park for touring caravans and motorhomes. Their mission was to gather information and photos of Ludlow Touring Park for the school magazine and to report back to headteacher, Mrs Kerri Phelps with suggestions for a competition for pupils.

Park owner Morris Leisure, based in Shrewsbury, has invited the school to run a competition, with the four prizewinners getting the chance to plant a tree on the park with their name plaque attached. The competition will be run at the start of the new school term in September.

Morris Leisure has already planted 750 trees for a new wood at the park to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The native trees were provided as part of the Woodlands Trust’s MOREwoods scheme and Jubilee Woods Project, which aims to plant six million trees.

Managers Karen and David Price gave the visitors a guided tour of the park, which borders a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Included in the tour was a special ‘bat shed’ that was built to accommodate bats when construction work began last year.

The pupils - nine-year-old Erin Dajavs and eight-year-olds Gemma Radmore, Lois Bridge and Molly Bufton - all said they had enjoyed their visit and looked forward to writing about it in the school magazine.

Mrs Price said: “It was lovely to welcome the children and teacher from Bishop Hooper School and to see them taking such an interest in the park, which is now very much part of the local community.”

The 135-pitch park, located on a 20-acre site alongside the River Teme and with good road links to the A49 near Richards Castle, opened in May and is generating huge interest from caravanners across the UK. Morris Leisure expects the park to generate around £2 million a year for Ludlow and surrounding area.

Picture caption: Ludlow Touring Park manager Karen Price (back, right) pictured with the Bishop Hooper CE Primary School children Erin Dajavs and eight-year-olds Gemma Radmore, Lois Bridge and Molly Bufton and teaching assistant Nicola Collins.