Child exploring Chelmsford Education Centre

• 20,000th visitor welcomed at Education Centre
• 600 school trips to Education Centre since opening

Anglian Water’s Education Centre at Chelmsford Water Recycling Centre is celebrating its 20,000th visitor and 600th school visit since opening in 2006.

The Chelmsford Education Centre has welcomed more than 20,000 people through its doors since it opened nine years ago and remains ever popular with schools and community groups who want to learn about the water cycle, environment, efficiency and climate change.

Across the region every year Anglian Water sees around 24,000 children at its two purpose built education centres in Leighton Linslade and Chelmsford, and through its education outreach programme in schools.

A visit to an education centre gives children and adults the opportunity to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a water recycling centre, while fun, interactive sessions in well-equipped classrooms host an exciting range of experiences to bring the water topic to life.

School trips and community education events are free of charge, funded by Anglian Water, and can be booked through the company’s website: http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/community/education

Anglian Water’s education provision encompasses all Key Stages and A-Level. A range of topics such as water efficiency, pollution, climate change and sustainability can be explored in a session. Sessions are fun and interactive.

Richard Park, Anglian Water’s Chelmsford Education Centre manager said: “Water is a precious resource and we all have a responsibility to make sure we look after it. It’s always a real pleasure to see how quickly children understand the role they can play in nurturing our environment.

“We have been delighted by the visitor numbers since the Education Centre opened here. It’s a great place for the local community and schools to visit, and we’re proud to have welcomed our 20,000th visitor this month.”

Since opening, the Education Centre has received accolades such as the Learning Outside the Classroom accreditation and commendations from local schools and community groups including:

• “We have all thoroughly enjoyed our time here and learnt many new and very important facts. An eye-opening experience which has made the adults and the children question everything we thought we knew!” Chancellor Park Primary School, Chelmsford
• “A fantastic day full of information and engaging activities. Ellie (AW teacher) builds an instant rapport with the children which kept them with her all day. Five stars all round.” Homefield Primary, Great Yarmouth
• “A fantastic day! Lots of information, practical activities and fun to keep the children engaged. A brilliant teacher and pitched content at the right level. The rest of the topic is now going to be easy to teach. We’ll definitely be back next year.” Westerings Primary Academy, Hockley