Children and staff at Fairlands Primary School have been celebrating the opening of their new wildlife area and invited Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, and other local dignitaries to visit to mark the opening.
Stephen McPartland MP said, “It was fantastic to visit the new pond and wildlife area at Fairlands and I know how much the children love it. Lots of them were chatting to me about the wildlife they have found there already and also about their Gardening Club. We hope the family of ducks that seem to have moved in, have ducklings soon.”
Headteacher, Robert Staples, said, “Outdoor learning is at the heart of the curriculum at Fairlands, because we know it creates engaging, inspiring experiences which the children will remember for the rest of their lives.”
An unused section of land has been transformed into a vibrant habitat for wildlife, including a large pond, a bug house, a hedgehog box and wild flower beds. Already, the area is teeming with wildlife and children have discovered frogs, newts, leeches and pond skaters. The project was made possible by school site managers Andy Sharp and Steve Skinner, together with The Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and local involvement from a range of others.