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Staff power up for school wildlife area

VOLUNTEERS from energy company npower and pupils from Monkspath J&I school have joined Solihull Park Rangers to transform an area of their school grounds into a wildlife area.

VOLUNTEERS from energy company npower and pupils from Monkspath J&I school have joined Solihull Park Rangers to transform an area of their school grounds into a wildlife area.

The assembled team spent a day laying a bark chip path, building a new compost area, cutting back overgrown bushes and building log and leaf piles to encourage wildlife, before putting up bird boxes and feeders and clearing undergrowth to allow wild flowers to grow.

Npower employee Clare Jones organised the team of 12 colleagues to help with creating the wildlife area; her son Daniel, aged seven, is also a pupil at Monkspath School.

Clare said: “We had great help on the day from Solihull Park Rangers, who told us how to do things just right and brought their tools, skills and experience, and we provided the energy and enthusiasm!”

Monkspath School has already achieved an Eco-Schools silver status for their ‘green credentials,’ and now they are aiming to gain a Green Flag award, the highest accolade in the Eco-Schools scheme, by next year.

The new wildlife garden will be officially opened at the school’s Summer Fair.

 

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