Primary school children in Middlewich have been inspired by a conservation project being run by Chester Zoo.

The youngsters from Wimboldsley Primary School from reception to year 6, were asked: What would happen if there was no more palm oil?

The question was put to pupils because the growing industry and unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra and demand is increasing.

Katy Morris, head of school, said: “We worked with the zoo to identify an area of conservation that we could engage and motivate our schoolchildren to make a real difference.

“We have pupils who independently have written to David Attenborough to ask for his support to ‘Make that Change’. One child made a poster and asked residents in her local village to display it.

“The children have gained an understanding of global sustainability, as well as empathy towards others and the belief that they have the power to change what is happening in the world.

“We are immensely proud of our work to promote sustainable palm oil.

“Our partnership with Chester zoo has thoroughly engaged and motivated the children. Visiting the zoo as a school in May was a memorable experience that the children can’t stop talking about.”

The showcase saw children, parents, the community and local businesses flock to Wimboldsley Primary School to see how they can join the school and the zoo in the project.

Katy added: “As a result of our work we have been nominated and shortlisted for a Community Award at the Education Business Awards.”

The school has captured every minute of their journey and encourage others to get involved through its Twitter account @WimboldsleyCPS.