The presenter introduces the first part of the story. 500 years ago the environment in this country was very different to today. The country was covered in woodland and the influence of humans was hard to detect. This story explores how change happens and is about a boy called Lee and his friends Lucy and Des.
Lee is fishing on his own in the claypits when Lucy comes looking for him. Lucy wants him to play with the skateboard...he's looking for peace and quiet. Then Des arrives too and tells him 'fishing will be out'. Apparently there are plans for a theme park to be built on the claypits; there's been an article about it in the local paper.
They all go to Des's house to read the report in the local paper. They learn that the plans have already been given to the council and 'comments are invited.' Des is confident that the theme park will be built and he's looking forward to it. Lee and Lucy aren't so sure. Where will he go to fish in future? And what about all the rare wildlife at the claypits - like kingfishers. But Des is sure 'it'll be the best thing that has happened around here for ages.'
Lee determines that they're going to try to stop the theme park development to conserve local wildlife and protect the environment.
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