Engaging children with nature 2

I was approached last year to help brighten up a reception classes playground and introduce contact with nature through sight, scent and growing. Whilst working on the design the school asked if something could be done with their wildlife area which was in its early stages.
With the generous help from The Tree Council, TCV, Grow Wild and Hillier Garden Centers I was able to put forward a twin project to the school.
Part one is to improve their wildlife area with native plants, bug houses, bird box and wildflowers.
Project two is to brighten up the play area with paint and plants.

The Wildlife Area

A group of parents and children from the school plus friends got together to work on the wildlife area.

Wildlife area before work commenced
Wildlife area before work commenced
Planting around mini water hole

They plant 200 native hedgerow trees consisting of Dog Wood Cornus mas, Mountain Ash Sorbus aucuparia, Bird Cherry Prunus padus and Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna. 135 green wildflower bulbs consisting of Wild Daffodil , Wild Garlic and Bluebell also a small area of wildflower seeds and Forget-me-not Myosotis ramosissima. Green bulb were chosen to try and give some instant colour having never used green bulbs before it might not have been my best idea. They are difficult to try and get a natural look and to keep reminding everyone plant down to the start of green on the plant. I am growing perennial wildflower plug plants for this autumn so I will get some more bulbs for the area to beef up the flowers for next spring.

Small wildflower seeded area

The last hole phew
A few of the gang
A clean sweep
Hedge planting
End product left of entrance
End view right of entrance

Next stage will be working on the playground part hopefully over the Easter break so we can paint the outside store buildings without painting the children.

One thought on “Engaging children with nature 2

  1. Amazing project and so important for the way the children can interact with the land. In this day of modern technology, too many children have their eyes glued to ‘screens’ and are even missing out on their daily dose of Vitamin D, let alone their appreciation of the natural world.

    Well done! 🙂

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