Greening school grounds provides an opportunity to connect surrounding green spaces and bring them within the school gates. It gives the school the ability to extend their class room, promote wonder and awe in nature and provides a place to learn about and connect with nature. Never has there been a more perfect example of this than what our conservation team here at Shropshire Wildlife Trust have been doing with John Randall Primary School in Telford.
~ Bryony Carter, Shropshire Wildlife Trust
After the destruction of their beloved forest school area due to essential building work, it was necessary for pupils to have a quiet place to explore and enjoy. John Randall Primary School has fully got on board with Nature Friendly Schools and has committed to 45 minutes of outdoor learning every day for each class which is monumental.
A covered outdoor space for each class would really support this initiative. It would only seem fitting and quite appropriate that when sourcing materials for this, the conservation team found some amazing trees that for safety reasons needed to be felled on our Earls Hill nature reserve. This has special prominence as Earls Hill was Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s first ever designated nature reserve.
After the trees were felled, and carefully removed off site, they were able to be installed on the school site and waterproof sails were added to cover the area. In addition to this, the school installed some wooden seating and willow screens. The school was so pleased with the outcome and have been so inspired with the story of where the wood has come from, that they would like to organise a visit to Earls Hill nature reserve to see where the trees came from and learn about the special habitat.
This is a great legacy for Nature Friendly Schools and a fantastic space to inspire pupils and teachers in their outdoor learning.