|day run by
environmental regeneration initiative The Mersey
Forest at the school. The families planted apple
and cherry trees that, as well as being pleasing
on the eye, will also provide healthy snacks when
they bear fruit.
The children have done really
well, and the effort put in by everyone at the
planting day was tremendous, said Jo
Sayers, The Mersey Forests Community
Development Officer. The fruit trees will
improve the schools grounds and provide
healthy fruit - and planting them was great green
lessons at Prescot School in Knowsley are taking
on a new dimension thanks to a makeover for the
school woodland, managed by pupils and staff. The
wood, owned by Knowsley Metropolitan Borough
Council and located next to the school on
Knowsley Park Lane, has been transformed over the
past four years from a derelict wasteland into an
innovative outdoor learning zone - and pupils are
now reaping the benefits.
As well as
a new open air classroom space, the woodland is
also now home to an archaeological dig area, bat
boxes, a nature trail and a new pond created by
Year 10 pupils and environmental charity BTCV.
Prescot pupil Lyndsey Lee, who has been involved
in the project since the beginning, said:
Before you couldnt even step inside
this woodland. Tonnes of litter cluttered the
ground and the brambles and nettles made it
impossible to walk anywhere without getting
stung. We knew we had to do something!
The work at
both schools is part of a series of school
environment projects supported by Cory
Environmental Trust, partly through the Landfill
Communities Fund. Extra funds at Prescot School
were also provided through European Objective 1.
The partnership between Cory and schools in the
local area, co-ordinated by The Mersey Forest
Team, is set to continue - with funding in place
for improvements at more schools over the next
great to see the difference that has been
made, said Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary
of Cory Environmental Trust in Britain. The
pupils have worked really hard and its a
project we are delighted to support.