Pupils at Kingsland School celebrate the opening of their ‘Wild Wood’

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Kingsland School Goes Wild

Pupils at Kingsland School have been busy gardening this year thanks to funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust which has enabled them to create their very own ‘Wild Wood’.

This was originally a small area at the side of the playground which had been left as copse with a number of mature trees, rogue saplings and undergrowth. Although much loved by the children it was becoming extremely overgrown and with twigs protruding at eye level something had to be done before an accident happened.

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust supplied the School with funding of £5,000 to bring in Wiggly Wigglers to work with the children on the project and to purchase the materials, plants and other bits and pieces needed to enhance and develop the area.

Meandering pathways around mature trees are being introduced, bringing a sense of discovery throughout the area, and the crunching underfoot of the different materials such as bark and gravel together with the rustle of the canopy overhead will produce a truly imaginative place for the children to play.

Angela Daniel of Kingsland School said “The ‘Wild Wood’ which has become an extension of the existing ‘Wildlife Wonder Zone’ will enable the school to offer further environmental education throughout all areas of the curriculum to the children and will hopefully help them gain a real sense of protection and ownership.”

Children will be able to observe and study the natural annual ecological cycle of shady woodland environments. They will take part in activities like leaf composting, where they will learn about the significance of leaf litter and the action of creatures like worms that live in the woodland floor. Over time they will also come to recognise all the flora and fauna that contribute to the natural process of humus production. A log pile placed under a hedge will allow the children to observe the process of natural decomposition for example fungi and creepy crawlies.

John Garbutt chairman of the Trust commented “Biodiversity is extremely important and the ‘Wild Wood’ project is an excellent way to educate children in a fun and creative way providing them with a good grounding on the subject and the Trust is delighted to have been able to help.”

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