During a visit in November '23 we discovered an unused grassy area that is up for grabs. We have made suggestions to the students and staff and started some serious fundraising. Ideally we would have at least £5,000 to make an impact. Below is what the site looks like now and an example of a design.
In February '23, we planted 120 trees that will turn into a mini forest. We are hoping to add a pond, maybe a dead hedge and a hedgehog house to support the local population.
Total cost: about £800
A strip of bare soil could become a low-growing lavender hedge that should withstand drought and the occasional football. Cost: £200
Think & Do planted a wonderful native hedge along the fence. We are hoping to complement that by enriching part of the grass with wildflowers. A second area in the front could also become a wildflower meadow.
A strip between car park and basketball court could be turned from a boring evergreen shrub area into an orchard and wildflower meadow with the potential to add a herb garden or a pond. Total cost: £600
Planted in December '23: Cotoneaster - top-rated to improve air quality because of its superpowers to trap airborne particles - and many native hedge plants. We also planted lots of spring bulbs and some fern as undergrowth. Some wildflower seeds will hopefully survivce the heavy footfall and thrive.
Planting in the part of the school is fruitless and we are hoping the school could add some seating for the students.