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‘Countryfile’ and TV presenter Matt Baker met with a group of NCW students to experience nature from the water.

Back in October, BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ paid a visit to glorious Worcestershire, where presenter Matt Baker found out about plans to save Pershore Lock Island and the surrounding wildlife.

In a bid to encourage interaction with nature along the river, the Avon Navigation Trust joined forces with Bonkers Activities to offer eight of our water-loving students the opportunity to KataKanu down part of the River Avon – whilst also being filmed for the show!

Our students visit the Pershore Activity Centre regularly for a weekly Paddleboarding Club, so are not strangers to the river! However, due to the windy weather conditions, it was safer to use the KataKanues on this particular day.

This was a brilliant and new experience for some of our students to be involved in the filming, albeit a wet and windy day during Storm Callum!

Chelsea, one of our Year 9 students who took part, said: “It was a really cool experience. It was great to be able to describe how it felt from my perspective being on the water. I loved meeting Matt Baker and being on TV!”

Year 12 student Max, recalled: “It was so fun being in the double canoe, and also having to work together in a team to move the canoe along the river. I enjoyed listening to the sounds of nature and trying to figure out what it could be.”

The Countryfile episode featuring NCW was first aired on Sunday 4 November.

If you didn’t catch it, or would like to watch it again, you can do so via:

NCW feature at around 51 minutes in to the episode!