Our grounds outside year 4 were pretty bare and uninteresting to start with. Due to lack of funds, we decided to make our own bird feeders. The children had great fun getting messy making them before we hung them on the tree.
Getting the community involved.
We wrote to local shops and businesses in the community to see if they could help us get started by donating anything they could. They were very generous. With their help we we able to buy bird seed, a bird box and camera, feeding station, feeders and two pairs of binocculars. We had a fabulous bird table donated by HM Prison Wymott - thanks to Mrs Otley's brother, Graham Brisbane, a prison officer and former pupil at St. Cuthbert's for his input into the donation.
Many thanks also to : Herbert Parkinsons for a generous donation of £100. Also to Crown Paints Ltd for another generous donation of £100, Lesley Walker at Kenley Warehousing and Distribution LTD, Quality save, Darwen, Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston. To our school council who generously donated £100 and our PTFA who between them so far have bought us soil, plants, children's' gardening gloves and garden trowels. Thank you to Miss Makinson who donated some lovely gnomes.
We must a thank various parents for kind donations of a small bird table, bird food and seeds. Mrs Whichkan gave us a hamster cage which we made into a ground feeder for smaller birds and Mrs Fish donated a bat box for our evening visitors.
What we bought and donations
Weeding and Clearing
This is were the hard work started. Mr Otley, one of our school governors, came to help us. Everyone got stuck in and did an amazing job. The children loved finding mini beasts along the way.
Planting fruit and vegetables
Now the exciting bit. We planted 3 types of potatoes along with carrots , lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries.
Year 4 helped us to paint some plant pots. We painted some animal bugs on stones for our garden.