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TULLIS RUSSELL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE OPENS ITS DOORS TO LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN




School children from Linlithgow swapped the classroom for a paper mill recently, as they visited employee owned papermaker Tullis Russell and the newly opened Tullis Russell Environmental Education Centre (T.R.E.E.) at Markinch.

Twenty five primary 6 pupils and teachers from Linlithgow Bridge Primary, along with former paper mill workers from the Linlithgow area, spent a day at the T.R.E.E. Centre as part of their Papermaking Stories project. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project aims to educate the children on the rich paper making history their area once thrived on, and indeed how the industry has developed over the centuries.

The group spent time using the newly launched interactive environmental displays at the T.R.E.E. Centre, whilst finding out more about the importance of sustainability and protection of the environment. This was followed by a visit to the Tullis Russell paper mill to get first-hand experience of a working mill and its own rich history spanning some 204 years.

Derek Guthrie, T.R.E.E. Centre Manager said:

“Being the first educational visit by a school to our Centre, it was great to be able to link the visit with a project the kids were already involved with in the classroom and really bring the subject alive. The response from the children and staff was brilliant and we look forward to welcoming many more schools in future as we work to build the Centre into a valued educational and community resource. ”
Helena Gillis, co-ordinator of the Papermaking Stories Project added: “All the children thoroughly enjoyed the visit to The T.R.E.E. Centre and Tullis Russell as did the paper mill veterans who were able to reminisce about their own experiences working in Linlithgow mills. Paper making in Linlithgow dates from the seventeenth century and the Papermaking Stories project aims to educate and inspire the children about the economic and social impact it has made to the area they live in.
“We are very grateful to The T.R.E.E. Centre and Tullis Russell for arranging the visit and look forward to working with them again in the future.”
The T.R.E.E. Centre will be open by appointment for school classes and group visits as well community events throughout the year. It also has a meeting room, exhibition space and 59-seater auditorium available for business and community group hire – full information and contact details at www.thetreecentre.org