It was a bright crisp afternoon for our grounds work-in. We were delighted to have so many helpers, and were especially pleased to welcome families that are new to the area.
With so many helpers, we were able to do lots to improve our beautiful grounds:
- planted fruit trees
Mrs Innes and Mrs Nicolson from the Nursery planted a Damson “Shropshire Prune”, Pear “Beth Williams”, Pear “Williams” and a Plum “Merryweather” in front on the row of apple trees to form The Wee Orchard.
- planted a hedgerow
Jo and Mike from the Parent Council planted 60 (yes sixty!) Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Dog rose and Dogwood saplings to create a traditional hedgerow along the top of the small horseshoe shaped mound. Not only will this create a lovely shaded area for outdoor learning, it will provide an excellent habitat for wildlife too!
- picked litter
The brownies, led by Parent Council members Claire and Debbie, did a fantastic job of clearing litter from the woodland. We are very proud to be a litter-free school and there wasn’t any dropped litter in the grounds. However, following recent high winds, there were quite a number of carrier bags and other debris which had been caught in the branches.
- installed habitat boxes
The bird boxes have to be installed quite high so that foxes and cats cannot reach them. Unlike the birds, which don’t like to be in a sunny position (the heat harms the young chicks), the bee boxes were positioned to get lots of sunlight.
Thank you to:
The CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme for funding the purchase of fruit trees
The Woodland Trust for the Hedgerow Pack
East Lothian Council for the loan of litterpickers and supply of bin bags
Beautiful Scotland for the supply of hi-vis tabards
ScottishPower/Cockenzie Power Station for the supply of the habitat boxes