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NPower held a competition for “Climate Cops” at schools around the country to win a week’s stay at The Outward Bound Trust near Ullswater in the Lake District. The highlight of the week for each group was to spend an hour with survival expert Ray Mears, learning life-saving techniques and how to make the most of the native environment.

It was my brief to cover each session providing photographs for regional press and something for the children and their school. Ray started, in the pouring rain on the first day, by teaching the youngsters how to make a fire in an emergency situation. This made for great pics as the flames helped to light the very dark wooded area where they were sitting.

The second part of the session was spent exploring the woods as Ray explained the many uses for each tree. Apparently you should never setup camp underneath a Beach tree as they often shed their branches and could fall on you whilst you sleep. Ray certainly knows his stuff!

The children enjoyed their sessions with Ray but I think the teachers and Outward Bound staff were definitely more star-struck. The adults were straight out with their autograph books as the kids got warm by the fire. Although I have to admit I did sneak a quick photo of myself with Mr Mears.