Schools out to learn about Wolverhampton’s Woodlands

Tuesday 11th February 2014

Woodlands photo by Roseann DitchfieldWolverhampton's Woodlands

Two schools are joining forces with The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country to help look after local woodlands this winter.

Students from S. Peter’s Collegiate School and St. Edmund’s Catholic Academy will be leaving their classrooms behind to get their hands dirty learning all about woodland plants and animals. This is part of the work funded by the Nature Improvement Area that is going on across Birmingham and the Black Country to improve local woodlands this winter. This is the first project to be done, that is focussed solely on school pupils doing the work.

This project will be a great way to get some fresh air and exercise into the school days, but will also provide students with an opportunity to participate in local conservation and begin a journey that could make them active conservationists for life.

Nature Improvement Area Programme Manager Simon Atkinson said; “We’re delighted to be engaging schools in Wolverhampton with helping our local woodlands to flourish. We hope that the skills these children learn will stand them and local nature in good stead for years to come.” 

Claire Mulvey of S. Peter’s School added: “The students have been really enthusiastic about this project and they can’t wait to get out into the woodlands and learn more from the experts.”

Deidre Finucane, Headteacher of St Edmunds, who have recently moved into new premises on the site, said: “Pupils and students at St Edmund’s are thrilled at the prospect of working in and learning from a woodland environment. They will really benefit from this collaboration with The Wildlife Trust.”

The woodland is in The Barley Field, part of Wolverhampton City Council’s Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve, and the work will increase the number of plant species present there to help support a greater range of wildlife. The Nature Improvement Area is looking to do more similar projects next year, so please contact nia@bbcwildlife.org.uk if you would like work done on woodland near you.
 

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