An exciting new development

Last week, I mentioned the new job I have starting in January 2103. Part of this role, at a large junior school on the outskirts of Nuneaton, will be driving both the development and the use of a new ‘Wild Learning’ area in the school grounds. You will be hearing a lot more about this very exciting project in the coming months as I will be building a website dedicated to its development. In the meanwhile, I just had to post a few pictures from an exciting day on Monday, when work on the area began. Some time ago, a small pond had been dug and a decking area created. The area is pretty big and at one end of the school field, with a mature hedgerow down one side and some nice mature trees.

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The plan I have drawn up for the area include a  much bigger and more wildlife friendly pond with a boggy area, and work began on that this week. Severn Trent are helping out with the work and doing all the landscaping for us. They turned up with a team and a very skilled digger operator who manipulated the digger spade as if it was an extension of himself! Such precision and care … it was amazing to watch and it was not long before my plans were starting to be realised right in front of my eyes!! 

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I got some year 6 children to come out and do a bit of filming of the proceedings with their iPads….. they were very excited and I encouraged them to think of some good camera angles to go for… they knelt down low in front of the bucket and got some great shots!

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The team worked hard and managed to dig the whole pond and started to excavate the paths and work areas as well… it’s going to be amazing!

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Next week, all the paths and work areas will be edged and the pond lined. The following week, the paths will be lined and filled with recycled tyre chippings. 

I will be sharing my plans and ideas for this area in the purpose-built website over Christmas, but hopefully this has given you a little flavour of what is to come!