Bees, birds and hedgehogs benefit from green projects
WILDLIFE in West Exe must be cheering the success of the Green Team at St Thomas Primary School.
The Green Team has completed 15 leaves, the first branch on its second tree, and much of their work recently has been focused on improving things for local wildlife.
Members of the Green Team met up with Devon Wildlife Trust's Paul Martin for a workshop about bees and then planted lots of wildflower seeds which are virtually guaranteed to attract bees to the school garden. They have also started up meetings for a separate wildlife group and have attended a wildlife conference at St Luke's Science and Sports College in Exeter.
The birds have not been forgotten either, with a lot of hard work going into making bird feeders from empty drinks bottles, and a cake sale was held to raise money for bird food to fill the feeders.
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And we are sure the birds attracted to the school garden will be appreciative of the new hedge of cherry, birch and rowan which has been planted by the Green Team.
But even with all this work the Green Team has found time to rescue two baby hedgehogs and have entrusted them to the care of the RSPCA.
Extra help to clear out the pond arrived in the form of a team of Barclays Bank volunteers who cleared the pond and bark-mulched the garden.
The Green Team also had a visit from Sarah Connors who works for Devon County Council and who helped them carry out a waste audit. The interest in finding better ways to deal with waste continued with the Green Team going on to re-label compost and recycling bins around the school, and Year 5 delivered recycling fact-shows to other classes.
A waste audit of packed lunches was also carried out.
And continuing on a waste theme, the Green Team applied for and received Wasteline grant for composting equipment. The school has also taken part in a 'Switch off fortnight', organised by the Green Team.
The cheque for £50 was presented by Sally Fryer, recycling officer at the city council, on behalf of Gregory Distribution, our Green Team sponsor.