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Rural and Urban schools set to make a splash in Humber Street

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Children are set to turn Humber Street into an illustrated story centred on the wealth of marine wildlife found off Yorkshire’s coastline.

A mural which is set to run along buildings on the north side of Humber Street will be painted by children over a two week period during June and July and will remain in place for three months. From periwinkles to minke whales all manner of creatures will be depicted for all to enjoy.

The marine arts event forms part of a project led by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Primary schools from Hull and York have been twinned with rural schools in the Howardian Hills AONB. Twenty primary schools are involved with the twinning project, which was established in 2010. Activities have highlighted the historic, natural and cultural diversity of Hull, York and the Howardian Hills. Over 500 children have been orienteering, built dens at the Yorkshire Arboretum, played detective in a history tour of Hull’s old town, spent time with the monks at Ampleforth Abbey and interviewed stall holders in Trinity Market.

An opportunity for children to mix and to learn about each other's lives and surroundings.

Reflecting on the importance of the twinning project, JAC Chairman Cllr Clare Wood said:
“It is vitally important for all children, whether they live in a rural or urban area, to gain a greater understanding of the importance of their locality and that of others. The City of Hull and the rural villages of the AONB are geographically close but it is unlikely, without an introductory project such as this, that the two groups of children would have an opportunity to mix and to learn about each other’s lives and surroundings.”

Commenting on the marine mural about to be created by children from a variety of different backgrounds, Helen Holford, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Twinnings Project Officer in Hull said:
“We have an amazing diversity of marine wildlife right on our doorstep, from the brightly coloured cuckoo wrasse, which many would expect to find swimming in tropical waters, to wonderful seabirds like puffins and gannets who choose to build their nests on the cliffs close by. Often this out-of-sight wildlife is also out-of-mind, but yet is vitally important for the health of our ecosystem, therefore we hope that painting the mural will help raise awareness of our fantastic marine wildlife amongst the school children as they get creative, as well as give them an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful diversity we have right here in Yorkshire.”


We have an amazing diversity of marine wildlife on our doorstep.

The project has been funded by LEADER and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Volunteers from both Hull and the AONB have provided help which has been essential for the success of the project thus far.

For more information about the activity days being held at the different schools in June and July please contact Helen Holford on 01482 441013 or email her


Tagged with: Events & Shows, Living Seas, Outdoor learning, Species, Wildlife Watch, Howardian Hill, Hull, Twinning project, York