BCV's work with schools
BCV and School Wildlife Gardens
Helping schools to to improve their natural habitats has become an important part of BCV's work. Over the last few years we have helped a number of schools to improve their access to nature.
School garden areas provide safe havens for urban wildlife: newts, frogs, toads, hedgehogs, bees, dragonflies, and a wide range of bird species can thrive in the protective
environment presented by school grounds.
Having a natural habitat on your doorstep provides opportunities for teaching environmental education, outdoor education, and science projects, but the same physical resources also provide the chance to put theory into practice in other subjects for example: Maths/numeracy - counting, measuring, geometry; English/Literacy - descriptive writing, discussion skills; Art/Design - studying materials, artwork. With imagination most subjects can find uses for these outdoor classrooms. You can also just sit and enjoy them and the wildlife that that makes use of them and appreciate the natural world.
Our school work has included the creation, maintenance and restoration of ponds; the management of wooded areas, planting trees, hedges and wild flowers; the installation of woodlands paths, bird boxes, stiles, dipping platforms and board walks; the removal of invasive species such as rhododendron and balsam; and help with how to make use of the resources. Below is a brief list of schools.
Blackrod Primary School - pond restoration and footpath creation.
Canon Slade School - annual maintenance of amphibian pond, invasives removal.
Clevelands Preparatory School- pond restoration, woodland management, hedge laying, wild flower planting.
Eagley Junior School - tree planting, footpath mulching, pond and board walk maintenance.
Heathfield Primary School - pond creation, woodland management, hedge and wild flower planting.
Horwich Parish CE Primary School - hurdle making, footpath work.
Ladybridge Primary School - garden restoration, bird box installation, flower planting.
Rivington & Blackrod High School - footpath restoration.
St Michael's Primary School - pond and board walk restoration, scrub removal.
Turton & Edgworth CE Methodist Primary School - hurdle making, pond restoration, footpath work.
In many cases teachers, parents and pupils have participated in the work and have enjoyed learning new skills such as hedge laying and hurdle making while having a great day out to boot.
If you would like to learn more please contact Rick Parker on 07908084709, or use our contact form to get in touch.
To see photos of work we have done in school grounds please use the links below
Click here to visit our Schools Projects Photo Gallery