We held the last work morning of this school year today, with many new developments taking shape. Thanks to our fantastic band of pupils, parents, staff and Oatlands Allotment members, we were able to tidy up the pond (which is teeming with tadpoles, froglets, newts and other critters!), create the sensory path, put bark chippings down around the pond and weed and tidy the beds and gravel areas. The children also made a 'spider web' from sticks which we have now attached to the fence. It all looks brilliant! Thank you once again to everyone involved - we couldn't do it without your help!
On Saturday, we held a work morning to work on Phase 2 of the school Nature Area. It was a lovely sunny start to the day and we were able to get many jobs done, including clearing the pond and making safe pathways for frogs; digging a path and laying a frame, ready for a sensory path; painting the bird table, shelter and the area fence; barreling up and laying gravel area and creating a circle seating area which will hopefully be used by the children in small groups in the near future. Thank you to everyone involved for your tireless hard work; we couldn't do this without our volunteers. Hopefully you're starting to see the area take shape! Watch this space to find out about how you can help with Phase 3 in the summer term.
On Tuesday 26th March, we were invited to the Yorkshire Showground to plant trees by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. We were shown how to plant the trees carefully and then wrap them with a biodegradable casing to prevent the rabbits from nibbling at the young shoots. We planted hazel, holly, dogwood and hawthorn trees which will grow together to form hedgerows around the Caravan Park area of the site. It was a beautiful afternoon for it and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
On Sunday, the Eco Committee, their parents, staff and volunteers from the local community held 'Phase 1 work day' on the school nature area, starting to transform it into an area which the whole school will benefit from and enjoy.
We began by clearing the large area around the planters of weeds, placing a membrane down and transferring gravel from another space onto it, making it possible for children to access the raised beds easily in Winter. Mr Sanderson and Mr Fox built a large compost bin and Mrs McNerney and Miss Hind made a leaf composter. The children enjoyed making fat feeders for the birds. Lots of hard work was put in by our team of volunteers and the results look great! Thank you to everyone who came to help - we couldn't have done it without you. Watch out for Phase 2, likely to be in the Spring term. If you're interested in getting involved, please contact Miss Hind.
This week we have built a hedgehog hotel using dry leaves, sticks, logs, pine cones and 2 large plant pots. Hedgehogs hibernate from around this time of year until the Spring and seek warm, dry, safe places to do so. We hope to welcome some visitors to our hotel over the coming months!
On Tuesday 23rd October, the Eco Committee went to down Walkers Passage to plant crocuses to support the Rotary Club’s final push for world polio elimination. It was really good fun! We had to put 15 bulbs per hole. We even saw the Mayor of Harrogate. I especially liked that we got to trample over the soil to cover up the bulbs at the end. Everyone felt very proud of what they had done and it was brilliant to see, even though our slot was finished, there were lots of other schools lining up to help out!
Welcome to the new Eco Committee for 2018-9! We have some very exciting plans ahead of us - we'll keep you posted about them as the year goes on.
As our nature area develops, we are looking for the following items. If you are able to help out, please contact us at email@example.com
*large pans/bin lids
Welcome to the Eco Committee page
We have some big ideas for improving the outdoor space around school this year - keep your eyes open to see what happens!
Work has begun to transform our nature area. We are working alongside Oatlands Allotment Group who have already helped clear some of the weeds and shrub area and further work this week is due, intstalling some large raised beds, a pathway to the shady area and the clearing of the pond. Watch out for further developments in the coming months as we work to transform this area into a place of tranquility, peace and a haven for both children and nature!
We have had some parents express an interest in helping out with the nature area. If you too would like to join a small (or large!) working group, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving forward, we are looking for old tyres, wooden pallets, large logs (for sitting on) and old large pans (to make a music station). If you are able to donate any of these things, please make contact at the email address above.
Grant from Yorkshire Agricultural Society
We have been fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) which will go towards the improvement of the nature area as we aim to transform it into a sensory garden. We can't wait for the new year to get stuck in!
If you are interested in helping out with the Eco Committee's work on the nature area, have any resources which you may be able to donate or have some expertise in landscaping/gardening, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the school office or Miss Hind on: email@example.com
Eco Committee trip to Harlow Carr
On Wednesday, the Eco Committee visited Harlow Carr to take part in an Energy workshop. We learnt about solar and wind power, but the highlight of the day was being able to build our own wind turbines. In groups, we had to create our own turbine blades and stand and at the end, we had a competition to see which team had been able to generate the most power. We did quite well and used lots of maths and DT skills as we worked!