Planting Wildflowers in Cumbria
We donated 100 native wildflower plugs to Brough Community Primary School in Cumbria just before Easter, to help create a lovely new wildflower meadow in the school grounds as part of our Flutter Flowers Programme. Five children aged 8-11 helped on the day, who according to their teacher, were very excited about the planting event!
The teacher explained that "this is the first year that we have attempted to enhance this particular area, as part of a new management plan for a wildlife area. We will be encouraging children in to use and appreciate the meadow from the beginning of the summer term, 2021."
We are certainly looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom and meadow thriving in the years to come! Thank you so much to Nick Powell, who's personal donation helped fund the wildflowers for the school. They are all native to the UK and selected to particularly attract and provide food for butterflies.
Planting a Tree Nursery with pupils at Bledlow Ridge School in High Wycombe
While 2020 proved to become a very different year than anyone could have expected, we still managed to deliver 50 tree saplings to Bledlow Ridge School in High Wycombe in March for pupils to establish a tree nursery on their grounds.
Teacher, Marion Lyon, made this opportunity a focus for an after-school STEM club and kindly provided this feedback on their experience.
“When we heard that we had been successful and would be receiving saplings, I chose to use it as a focus for an after-school STEM club. We thought about the best location, measured up, drew plans learnt how to use tools safely and built raised beds in the weeks before. As the date of arrival was delayed, we were able to launch the tree nursery during British Science Week and got a grant for some measuring equipment that we can use to monitor the trees and weather over the years to come and use in other school science. We were also able to invite a couple of children, who struggle in school with academic work to help with the planting, which ties them into the success of the project. And with different groups of children in school since Easter, it has been easy to take small groups out to measure the saplings, record changes etc. Thank you for setting up this initiative”.
A great example of how our School Tree Nursery programme can be used for extra-curricular learning with children on different science topics, including ecology, climate change and the environment.