Staff and volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust have been hard at work turning a nursery’s dreams of a ‘magic garden’ into a reality in 2012.
Lynette Friend, People and Wildlife Officer with the Trust, worked alongside staff and children at Cragside Nursery in Cramlington in January to gather inspiration and ideas for how to transform their green space.
Through a series of play and art activities, the children voiced their wishes to have a garden alive with birds, minibeasts and frogs, and there was a particular fondness towards hedgehogs!
Now, six months later, work is now almost complete on the wildlife friendly garden, with features including a raised pond and flower bed, a gravel path, a sensory garden and wooded area, over 100m of newly-painted fencing, and a quiet area for children to enjoy watching visiting wildlife. To top it all, the Fire Brigade arrived on the scene to fill the pond which caused great excitement amongst the children!
As staff and volunteers prepare to pack away their shovels and hang up their gardening gloves, staff and children at the nursery are looking forward to hours of enjoyment in their newly-transformed wildlife area, especially as the weather forecasters are predicting a mini heat wave over the next couple of weeks.
To find out how Northumberland Wildlife Trust can re-vamp your school grounds, contact the People & Wildlife Team on: 0191 284 6884 or email then at firstname.lastname@example.org