Chernobyl story

TALK Oleksandr Shimanskiy with Mayfield School Year 9 pupil Rosie Lunn, 14.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (121438-855)
TALK Oleksandr Shimanskiy with Mayfield School Year 9 pupil Rosie Lunn, 14. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121438-855)
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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STUDENTS heard first-hand about the catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine from one of the men who helped bury a radioactive forest.

Boys and girls at Mayfield School in North End had a visit from engineer Oleksandr Shimanskiy who was sent out 26 years ago to clear the so-called ‘red wood’ – named after the colour it turned through radiation.

The event was organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line charity which regularly organises trips to the city for Ukrainian youngsters.

Assistant headteacher Gordon Jackson said: ‘The visit made a really strong impression on our Year 10 students who are taking their science GCSE next week.

‘There still is an 18-mile exclusion zone in Ukraine where no humans are allowed to live – that’s the size of Hampshire.’