The edited video
(20 minutes 14 seconds):
The titles are
accompanied by shots of children playing outside the school, flowers in the school
garden, and local scenery, which includes more natural beauty than we have seen
in previous videos.
Alisa and Fiona
introduce us to the school, then Lindsay shows us the entrance to Meanwood Park.
We cut to Hannah, standing amongst much greenery in the park: 'Hello. This is
one of Meanwood's many becks. Under this bridge here, although you can't see it,
there is lots of bits of plastic, and it is very overgrown. [...] It is very polluted
around here, and not at all nice to swim in'.
Alisa, on a
bridge, says: 'This is one of the many becks in Meanwood. It has got a lot of
pollution in it, and if there were fishes in it, they would be dead'. Then we
go to Thomas, on another bridge: 'This is the main beck of Meanwood Park. As you
can see, they drop quite a lot of sewage in here, because they don't have enough
facilities to dump them in anywhere else, so they come and just pump it into the
us the grassy expanses of the park. 'People come here for picnics, and there's
football pitches over there, and there's a kids' playground just round there'.
Music starts up, and we see the group demonstrating the play facilities. Then,
as we watch policemen cross the park on horseback, we hear Hannah talking about
the contrast between the largely clean and tidy park, and the pollution in its
becks. She also mentions the traffic pollution on Otley Road.
Alisa admire the bluebells and other flowers in the park. Fiona shows us the ducks
in the duck pond. 'Earlier on in spring, you can see lots of frogspawn in the
pond, and, um, some people take the frogspawn from the pond, and put it in their
ponds at home'. Lindsay tells us that she has tadpoles from this pond.
are seen walking off into the woods, whilst Alisa sits down wearily on a rock:
'I'm enjoying the nature. Ahh!'. Lindsay, seated on another rock, tells us about
Meanwood Park's woods: 'In the woods, you can see lots of squirrels, and birds.
If you're lucky you might be able to see a rabbit. I haven't seen one yet. In
winter and autumn, people put out bins and people collect acorns in them, and
then they sell them, and raise money. You can also see that there are lots of
stones, and hills to climb, like this one'.
us a warning notice, strapped to a tree: 'Danger - pollution. Water contact should
be avoided. Untreated human sewage may be present...'. Then, to music, we see
the group walking through gardens, and examining a war memorial, until we arrive
at a church, to the sound of its chiming bells. Fiona and Hannah tell us about
it. The group are then seen examining the sunny graveyard, and then cutting through
woods towards Beckett Park, which Andrew introduces us to.
As we watch
a man, in the distance, throwing his boomerang in the park, we hear Thomas ask
Hannah, 'Why have you done this video?'. She replies: 'To show other people what
they can do, and what is actually happening to their environment'. Music starts
as we see the boomerang man at closer quarters. Then Thomas interviews him about
boomerangs, and the park. The man is impressed by the park: 'I'm amazed how quiet
it is. [...] Yeah, it's good here. Not many people to hit'. Then we see all of
the children, gathered around, asking him about the activity, and techniques.
Next, to music, the children try out various boomerangs in the park.
We cut to a
busy road, with traffic pouring along. Hannah: 'This is Otley Road. It is one
of the busiest roads near our school. In the mornings and the evenings, during
the rush hour, there are usually lots and lots of traffic jams'. Then we see more
noisy traffic, with the sound fading so that we can hear a poem about pollution,
by a classmate of the group, which concludes 'Dead fish float in the dirty water
/ So much waste adds to the slaughter / Acid rain destroys the trees / Dirty leaves
blown by a strong breeze / Men's hunger for paper kills the wood / Will they stop?
They really should'.
Then we cut
to the interior of the local Post Office, where Alisa and Hannah interview the
shopkeeper. He thinks the pollution from the road must be quite bad, but the litter
problem is less severe, except after Friday and Saturday nights. He likes the
area very much.
In a nearby
delicatessen, the shopkeeper - interviewed by Hannah and Alisa - echoes these
views. 'The air's horrible [...] There's a lot of traffic pollution [...] Once
you get away from that road, it's very nice indeed'. Continuing along the Otley
Road, Hannah notes more dumped rubbish. Interviewing the proprietor of a restaurant,
Alisa and Lindsay find more accounts of traffic pollution, but are pleased to
note that the restaurant recycles its wine bottles.
In the school
garden, Lindsay asks Alisa, 'Did you enjoy making the video?'. She replies, 'Yes,
we had a lot of fun'. Then Alisa interviews Fiona: 'Did you enjoy it?'. 'Yes,
I did'. 'What did you learn about the environment?'. 'Well, I learnt that the
environment round us can be nice, but the problem is sometimes you find
there's pollution as well'.
Then we enter
the closing title sequence, featuring shots of the children, including Hannah
explaining acid rain before a large frieze in class; and a squirrel in Beckett