Designed specifically to create further awareness and to better educate school children about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine life, the School’s Ocean Trail Project is now officially open to all local and regional schools in the Telford & Wrekin area. We have been working alongside Telford & Wrekin Council to develop this project since the beginning of the year and we are so excited for it to finally start!

Every day, our ocean and marine life are exposed to a number of hardships, many of which are directly impacted by humanity and the way that we live our everyday lives. With eight million metric tons of plastic entering our ocean every year, 80% of marine pollution coming from land-based activity, and our coral reef on the brink of extinction, it really is time that we all step up to better protect our ocean. Whilst hundreds of ocean clean-up and protection initiatives exist across the world, we feel that education lies at the heart of it all.

This project features 26 fish sculptures, which have each been primed and readied to be painted/decorated by school students. Each participating school will receive a fish, which they must paint/decorate using their chosen design. Once the project is completed and all decorated fish have been handed to the Telford & Wrekin Council, a sculpture trail will be created spanning across Telford Town Centre. The trail will then allow young people from all across the country to reflect upon the way we interact with our ocean, with every participating and non-participating school benefitting from the educational messages behind each fish design.

Educational Oceans Trail

Clive Knowles & Telford & Wrekin’s Fish Sculptures

Councillor Carolyn Healy, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for Climate Change, said: “We are so excited about this new project in partnership with the British Ironwork Centre. This will be a great opportunity for school pupils across the borough to learn about the impact we are all having on our oceans. Even living this far from the sea, our actions still have an impact on marine life and those impacts will affect all of us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the British Ironwork Centre for providing these fish to us for this project and can’t wait to see what the finish trail looks like next year.”

Through projects just like this one, we hope children and young people are given the knowledge and tools necessary to make a real difference to our future environment. We would like to also take this opportunity to call to all towns and cities across the country who want to launch a climate change project or educational Ocean Trail of their own – we would be more than happy to help facilitate this for you! Please get in touch with us via telephone on 0800 6888 386 or via email on info@britishironworkcentre.co.uk to discuss further.