Thursday, 2 July 2009

I finished the day at Moor Allerton Hall Primary School...

The Million Green Fingers teams from Yorkshire Water had supported Liz Rushton, science and sustainability co-ordinator at the school, in tranforming their tired and overgrown wildlife garden into a truly wonderful teaching resource. In partnership with Laing Rourke, who provided excavation services and structures and CP Gill who provided wood chippings and timber the Yorkshire Water team have drawn on their skills and passion for gardening to provide a pathway trail, willow tunnel, bench and seating, a huge insect hotel, a hedgehog shelter, bird boxes and many shrubs and trees to attract a great variety of minibeasts... and it's fantastic!

We are so lucky having passionate, enthusiastic and brilliant colleagues like Liz transforming our schools and with her partners and supporters building such a wonderful teaching and learning resource for her children. At the official opening by Cllr Richard Harker we ate sandwiches made from salad vegetables and smoothies made with strawberries and raspberries the children had grown on their allotment.

I passionately believe that every school in Leeds should be developing facilities like these and creating gardens, allotments and habitats where children can grow and learn and become little eco-warriors helping us all re-use, re-cycle, re-new.


Georgina Sykes said...

Cross Flatts Park Primary School in Beeston are transforming their allotment with the help of Yorkshire Water, staff, governors and pupils on Wednesday 8th July-why not come and see how this project can work brilliantly in the inner city areas of Leeds.

Georgina Sykes
Science Coordinator

Chris'Blog said...

Hi Georgina, Thanks for letting me know. I'll do my best to pop in.