Saturday 12th November started dry but soon turned damp which is great weather for new plants to slide into a muddy patch with the least shock when transplanted from their former home. The Junior school had a suitable muddy patch with a few scrubby plants some weeds and some self seeded saplings but not a huge amount for wildlife, wild flowers or insects.
Wildlife friendly teacher Paul Mardell had pulled together some keen and enthusiastic, if occasionally horticulturally challenged volunteers to mess around in the mud and rip out the less wildlife friendly rubbish and planting.
The garden wasn’t completely wildlife free and although worms were the most prolific discoveries a common frog and some unidentified beetles also turned up. The beetles were living in some rotten logs which shows the value of these in a garden and why it is important not to be too tidy. New planting was provided by a very generous Andy Panes who had employed his sons to dig up a variety of established plants including field scabious, tansey, knapweed and tussock grass. Thanks to the loan of a trailer by the Brian Starling the plants were swiftly transferred to their new home.
Whilst the wildlife garden is only just started there are a range of other environmental projects around the school and if you could offer time assistance or useful stuff then please use the contact page on the site. Next possible project for early next year is some management of the schools wildlife pond.