Butler’s Court School Garden February 2021

We worked with five year 5 Keyworker students and their teacher to plant a fruit tree avenue and seven pollinator patches with each year group’s number drilled into ash logs from our woodlands so the signs were turned into habitat for insects!  Wood chip was used from our woods for the edging.  Planting included currant bushes which are the food plant for the currant clearwing moth, a priority species for the local area.  It would be highly beneficial if local people could do similar planting in their gardens to connect up the habitat in the local area. 
Keyworker children from every year group are sowed seed donated by Habitat Aid today and have a watering can each to take back to their year group to keep their patch well watered.

 

Alfriston and Beaconsfield High Schools January 2021

Our joint partnership with Alfriston and Beaconsfield High continues to grow and we look forward to the time when the students can regularly join forces. Ranger Paul and Volunteer Karina have provided 7 work experience days with Year 9 and Post 16 groups at Alfriston with a focus on building the girls confidence and providing them a stepping stones towards developing their employability skills. The school has extensive grounds that we are developing for learning and wildlife habitat. The girls have coppiced, started restoring their pond, built dead hedges, sculptural bird feeders and on a special NCS day with Action for Youth planted much need native hedgerow etc etc! Beaconsfield High Students joined them a few times when it was safe to do so.

At Beaconsfield High we continued to restore their large pond working with students to fell trees in and around the pond, chipping the wood and spreading it onto a seating area we created. We had the support of a group of our regular volunteers too that made it all so possible. We will be back in the spring, summer to do some planting. 
We have worked with several primary schools.  With one we created a whole school hedgerow and we held a coppice and fence building day at Loudwater School with 120 pupils getting involved together with a great team of DBS checked volunteers. Thank you team!

Holtspur School and Butlers Court School  January 2021

It is always lovely when students walk from school to their local nature reserve or woodland to make a difference in their own community. Year 5 and 6 key worker bubbles from Holtspur School have been helping coppice this year’s coup at Holtspur Bank and Year 5s from Butlers Court have cut down non-native laurel at Walkwood and spread the woodchip created over the worn central path. All students and staff worked with such energy and enthusiasm. Lovely to be able to give them a boost for their well-being in these difficult times.

Holtspur School Y5 Coppice at Holtspur Bank

coppiced stool nearly done

You can do it!

Ranger Paul has been liaising with Hazlemere Parish Council as they put together a project to help ‘Keep Bucks Buzzing’ through making Hazlemere a bee corridor. They are aiming to encourage residents to create a small patch in their gardens/window box full of bee and butterfly friendly pollinators. A really exciting project, we can’t wait to see those gardens full of life in the summer.