The next stage of plans for the school field are off the a great start this academic year! Our national lottery funded stone track is being used as a backbone to our Chase The Challenge outdoor science project. We are developing wildlife habitats, outdoor science and teaching areas around the track so that more of curriculum can be taught outdoors. Previously our field had boggy patches which meant it was off limits for much of the year. The track has transformed this.
We wrote to the Edina Science Trust and the Ernest Cook Foundation to tell them our plans (developed with pupils last year), and they have agreed to fund the feeders, weather stations, bird cams, mini beast and butterfly habitats - a total of £2500 in grant funding! The Woodland Trust are providing 150 saplings to plant around the track and Growing A Greener Britain have provided wildflower seeds for habitats too. You can see how we expect the plan to take shape by clicking on the image.
Our gardening volunteers and a local gardening group known as the Grumpy Gardeners are working on much of the preparation and planting with our children, but we really need parental support to help transform our raised beds in to a pond. If you can support us in this in any way (ie with materials and labour) we'd love to hear from you! Please contact Miss Whitehead on firstname.lastname@example.org.