YOUNGSTERS and staff at a village school have created a lush green haven for wildlife and outdoor learning.
Over the summer months, an unused area of Barrow Primary’s school field was cleared and pruned to establish the new space.
Bird hides, eco piles, dens and bird boxes were installed to enhance the wildlife potential of the grounds.
The work will carry on throughout the autumn term and pupils have already benefited from activities such as den building and bird watching. The area also provides a space for them to read and reflect in peace.
Project leader Mark Nisbett, a learning support assistant at the school, said: “Learning about the natural environment can be a valuable exercise for people of any age.
“With the children at Barrow, we are sowing the seeds of an interest in nature that will help to ensure the next generation understand and protect our wildlife and habitats into the future.”
Head Alison Earl added: “We would like to thank the organisations and individuals from the local community who have made donations which have helped us with the project so far.”
n Fourteen A-level students at County Upper School spent two weeks in Madagascar surveying forests and coral reefs for a variety of animals and birds.
They discovered a rare leopard gecko, encountered an aye-aye lemur and swam with large sea turtles, barracuda and lion fish.
In the process, the students gained their PADI open water diving qualification.
Another highlight involved hunting for spiders in the forests at night with head torches.
The group also had the chance to meet local Malagasy people and learn about their culture.
It follows two years of fund-raising to pay for the £2,000 journey.
Nadine Payne, science teacher and key stage four co-ordinator, who organised the trip with colleague Beth Hamlet, said: “The students were set a lot of physical and emotional challenges during their time there, so it was a life changing experience for them and many of the students have come away with a new sense of adventure and a much better understanding of the world along with the scientific skills they learnt.”
n MEMBERS of the lower sixth form at Culford School have strengthened their enduring links with Malawi following a three week visit.
They built a house for teachers at Kachere School and painted the interior of another house completed by Culford students last year.
The group delivered educational materials to Bloomsfield Day Care Centre and visited Open Arms Infant Home in Blantyre.
They also planted vegetables, mended beds, painted dormitories and supplied materials at Good News Orphanage, near Malawi’s border with Mozambique.
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