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Improving school grounds for wildlife

Various Schools in Sheffield
6th Jul '12

Improving school grounds for wildlife

Are you interested in developing your school grounds for wildlife whilst involving your pupils in outdoor learning sessions?

Whether you have a large or small area, Wildscapes are keen to help you develop your grounds and have great ideas that can maximise your green credentials.  

Wildscapes can help you design and build any of the following:

  • Woodland areas – any size
  • Meadows – large or small
  • Gardens and allotments
  • Orchards
  • Hedgerows
  • Hedge laying
  • Ponds
  • Teaching area and outdoor learning spaces
  • Small wildlife habitats (eg hedgehog hibernacula)

We can also make your grounds more accessible by building paths and reshaping areas for pushchair and wheelchair access.  

Who have we done it for?

At Dobcroft Infant School, Wildscapes enhanced the biodiversity of the school’s Green Flag accredited wildlife garden by providing landscape maintenance and pond work, as well as installing rustic furniture and creating planting schemes.  Wherever possible, pupils can now take lessons in the landscaped area, which gives them an understanding of how plants, insects and animals grow and the need to protect the environment.

Dobcroft Infant School teacher Collette Waters says: “It was very important that the work was carried out in such a way that our existing wildlife was protected. Wildscapes’ knowledge and expertise meant we were able to create a community wildlife garden, which is not just used by our pupils but is also open to the general public for outdoor learning.” She adds:  “We are delighted with our new landscaped area and have received some fantastic feedback from pupils, parents and the general public.  It is so important to young people’s development that they can learn outdoors and we have the perfect environment for them now to do so.”

At Waterthorpe Infant School, Wildscapes enhanced the natural play area of the school grounds, creating a bog garden, planting a native hedgerow and providing outdoor seating.

At Woodthorpe School, Wildscapes created a memorial garden for an ex-teacher, including planting cherry trees and a wildflower meadow and installing large stoned-filled gabion cages, along with burying a time capsule. 

Wildscapes also worked with Dore Primary School to create wildlife-friendly landscaped grounds for the school and local community and designed and built a striking timber amphitheatre.  This has enabled teaching staff to really bring outdoor learning to life through lessons in the amphitheatre, which will also be used to host musical performances in the summer months.

 On all the schemes, the young people took part in interactive planting days with Wildscapes’ landscape designers and when applicable members of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.  Linda Baldwin of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust said: “By encouraging children to play outdoors and gain confidence in their abilities, we can help increase their activities and levels of fitness, as well as boost their self-esteem. This can result in children spending more time outside and help them develop a sense of responsibility for looking after their natural environment.”

 If your school is interested in any of the above call us today on 0114 2792667 and we can arrange to come and meet with you at your convenience.  We can even help you apply for funding for your development.