Pupils going wild in the new garden
A WILDLIFE garden and quiet area at a village primary school have been renovated and replanted thanks to teamwork between a number of organisations.
Hazel Maher, head teacher of St Mary’s Primary School in Bitteswell, invited Leicestershire Wildlife Trust along to the school to help improve its wildlife area.
The trust teamed up with a firm called Amenity Technology to improve the paths, and last week planted hundreds of spring flowering wildflower bulbs with a helping hand from pupils.
Leicestershire’s Amenity Technology donated eco-grid materials that are a vital component in the work.
So far the trust’s gardeners, assisted by pupils, have cleared the overgrown garden and created a new wildlife pond, a minibeast hotel, where they can see insects, and several minibeast hunting habitats.
Matthew Herbert, gardener for the Wildlife Trust, said: “The children have been involved the whole time – from deciding whether to put in a pond to helping us create the new paths, plant up the garden and build the minibeast hotel.
“It’s so important that they feel this is their garden. And we hope it will bring all of them closer to nature.”
“We’re very grateful for the generous support of Amenity Technology. It’s made a huge difference to the work we’ve been able to do.”
Mrs Maher, head teacher, said the school’s quiet area is also being improved as part of the work.
She added: “The quiet area gives children an alternative to the playground if they would prefer to go there and read during break times.”
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