Tuesday July 22nd 2014
Back to school for 2pm ready to try to recruit more parents to join our school wildlife area volunteer team
Families all enjoying the end of term fun event -bouncy castles,donkey rides etc-on the school field I asked several adults re the possibility of them helping us from September
David a new Dad to the school has offered to help us-also am hoping to publicise our project at the school gate when school reopens for the autumn term
In my enthusiasm to recruit more help it seems I tried to recruit the headteacher’s father!
NB I have recycled the donkey poo into our school compost bins ……
Tuesday July 22nd 2014
Work session dates for adult volunteers helping during school summer holidays
September 1st +15th but NOT Sept 8th
September 4th+11th etc
NB If front gate locked then access to school grounds will be via field gate further along Mill Lane
Tuesday July 22nd 2014
Up to school for 8am started by weeding back foliage overhanging the lower pathway in our school wildlife area
Back to the front of school hoping to recruit parents to help with moving and spreading the large load of tree chippings donated+delivered yesterday by Teign Trees
SUCCESS- JOB COMPLETED +coffee drunk by 10am!
All 4 Dads who assisted me are all ex pupils of our primary school ….
Two parents John and Peter had been asked on Friday and turned up to help-I also recruited Duncan who helped last time plus Jason who was able to help us for a short time
NB I had embarrassingly due to shortsightedness inadvertantly asked a member of school staff to help-he was wearing a high vis top with school name badge which I failed to notice so thanks again Mr B for sparing the 10-15 mins of your free time before class to take a few barrow loads of tree chippings into the wildlife area!
We now, thanks to today’s volunteer helpers have a lovely restored pathway through the far copse ie below the staff car park
More tree chippings needed asap to complete pathway connecting both sets of steps…..
Monday July 21st 2014
At school for 8am put 20 watering cans of water on various planters and recent planting at front of school…
Next to wildlife area where I filled all the bird feeders + sorted bird food ready for our next work session in the school holidays!
Cath arrived to help we went round to the front of school to do some pruning of foliage growing through the school fence by the public footpath -after a while Nigel came so an excuse to return to the wildlife area for a coffee break…
A class of children came down with staff to do some still life drawings-some difficulty with butterflies not posing long enough!
Cath and I then back to front of schools to rescue and replant and water in iris,verbena bonariensis etc from the bed by the school kitchen where building work is soon to take place
Lots of birds,butterflies and bees etc seen in and around the school grounds ie gatekeeper and speckled wood butterflies plus goldfinch and greenfinches
Oops no time to collect children after morning break to help with filling last 2 bird feeders however have asked Mr Ball for timetable of classes helping us with this task again from September
Friday July 18th 2014
Yesterday Mr Ball invited me to a school grounds celebration event at 2pm this afternoon
Classes,teachers along with a few parents gathered by the new 2014 raised bed fruit,flower and veg planters in the playground above the wildlife area
Mr Ball led the celebrations telling everyone about how the children at lunchtime garden club helped by Mrs Frost have planted + cared for salad greens, tomatoes, lettuce,runner beans,french beans, potatoes,sweetcorn,beetroot etc plus rhubarb, strawberries, blackcurrants ,sunflowers, pinks, petunias and antirhnums
An amazing variety of produce grown over last 4 months was on sale to families and staff
Mr Ball told us that the new planted area would continue to grow and develop plus the classes would be making more use of the wildlife area from September onwards- plus there will be a fantastic indoor-outdoor classroom area being built and developed in the far corner of the school field
The children were invited to show their parents around the school wildlife area +some teachers brought their classes down for a wildlife area visit
NB just prior to the celebration a teacher was using the wildlife area with a small group of children for a music session
I was busy attempting to recruit more parents to join our wildlife area volunteers team every Mon and Thurs morning and also asking for help spreading tree chippings along the pathways in the wildlife area on Tuesday morning next week!
Thursday July 17th 2014
Just Rose and I working this am at school ie alas Elaine and Sharon unable to help today…
Very hot dry weather continues so I began by watering containers at front of school then the plants on the flower bed by the playground steps
Began to fill the bird feeders near the shed-Rose arrived soon after to help me with filling majority of feeders around our school wildlife area
Our next job was refilling the water butts and watering cans plus watering the pots of saplings,perennials,wildflowers and roses plus the roses and honeysuckles around the shed
After sorting the bird food ready for next time we had our coffee break -lots of butterflies seen plus blackbirds,robins etc around
Back them to the front of school for more watering and weeding+I returned to the playground to collect 3 children from Miss MacIntyre’s class to help with filling last 2 bird feeders
Mrs Quinn brought a letter to show us that Teignmouth Community School Mill Lane has again been awarded the Teignmouth in Bloom school prize for our school gardens and school grounds -there will be an award ceremony at Bitton House Thurs Oct 9th 2014
NB there is a large colony of ants nesting in the compost bin nearest the shed ie just through the gate into the school wildlife area from the playground
Thursday July 10th 2014
Due to hospital appointment +2 volunteers unwell I was working all alone this morning …..
Began by watering at front of school then watered seat planter near nursery and the planted area near the playground steps + the planted pots by our storage shed
In the wildlife area I filled most of the bird feeders +sorted the bird food ready for next week as usual
Back to the front of school to do some weeding whilst waiting for the 9.45 am arrival of the Teignmouth in Bloom judges team ie Roy+June with Viv taking film footage as in previous years
Having been told the staff responsible for the new raised bed fruit and veg planters -Maggie/Vicky and Jon were away with Year 6 on a residential trip I began by showing the visitors the raised beds area etc -they were impressed with the planting +admired the progress being made !
Down into the wildlife area to walk along the top path and on then to check out the flower and veg planting in the nursery play area-again alas the staff responsible for the planting not available to meet the judges
Back to the wildlife after the TIB team had gone -I walked around looking at plants,birds, insects etc
NB Roly from grounds maintainance spent a few hours with a machine cutting the grass on the slope below the playground in preparation for new fence installation during the summer holidays
After the morning break 4 children from Mrs Wilde’s Year 3 class came down to help with filling the last 2 bird feeders
We have new additions in the school wildlife area ie 2 new large homemade minibeast shelters (using pallets,slates etc) presumeably made by the Wednesday after school wildlife club?