Deadly 60 star Steve Backshall visits Burbage Primary School

Steve Backshall with Nicola Coupe, Principal Burbage Primary School

There was much excitement (and not just the children!) at Burbage Primary School when one of Britain’s busiest TV presenters, Steve Backshall dropped in to plant the first tree in the school’s new orchard, which will form part of a memory garden and also attract more wildlife into the school’s grounds.

Whilst there, Steve met the children during the afternoon assembly, telling them about some of his amazing wildlife encounters and adventures. Steve was also delighted to hear about some of the fantastic work the children are doing in their ‘Global Goals’ projects. During the course of this year, each class at the school is creating a project related to one of the United Nations Global Goals to develop knowledge and skills and to help make the world a better place by 2030.

Steve is famous for his Deadly 60 programme, as well as a whole host of nature and adventure shows, including Big Blue LiveExtreme Mountain Challenge and BBC Alaska Live. In addition to his TV and adventure pursuits, Steve is a prolific author, having published 13 books including his children’s adventure series The Falcon Chronicles.

Burbage Primary School Chair of Governors, Emma Butler, said: “Steve is very well known by the children for his TV programmes and we were delighted that he brought his enthusiasm for the wild world to our school. He was keen to hear about the way we use our wonderful school grounds to attract and provide habitats for wildlife and the children enjoyed telling him about their class projects to help the natural world. It was an exciting and informative afternoon in school and the tree-planting was a fitting end to the day. The tree will be joined by other trees over the course of the next few months and will create an orchard and memory garden to be enjoyed by all the children.”