Damp weather again but still time for feeding birds,pruning etc

Thursday October 16th 2014

As usual was first of our volunteer team to arrive-I began by filling bird feeders +had to re site some by classroom windows as branch broke off tree!

Rose then Charley arrived in time to help fill more bird feeders-I sorted bird food for next time and did a little shed tidying whilst Mike and Charley  re staked the eucalyptus tree near the pond

Rose +Charley went to the front of school to plant 8 chrysanthemum  plants +do a little weeding whilst Mike took the wheelbarrow to the school office to collect 2 large boxes of peanuts and mixed bird seed-I buy from Food 4 Birds a Yorkshire company as it’s good quality,value and service

After a coffee break we pruned the rest of the buddleias and weeded on the slope near the classroom windows by the shed

Charlie and Mike had to leave early -Rose and I carried on with more general weeding and pruning at the side of the pathways

NB I disturbed a frog whilst pruning back michaelmas  daisies and montbretia at the top of the steps…

Didn’t collect children to help with last 2 bird feeders after morning break due to damp weather condition plus me feeling under par due to  having a heavy cold!

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Wet weather =alas no work today…..

Monday October 13th 2014

Alas rain overnight +this morning meant our volunteers not working in wildlife area at school today!

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Feeding birds,weeding,pruning buddleias etc

Thursday October 9th 2014

At school for 8am-began by filling bird feeders and sorting bird food for next work session

I then  started weeding undergrowth at top of slope by shed-had filled 2 large garden bags before Mike arrived for chat-alas he had no volunteers  to help us this week but hopes to bring along at least 2 next Thurs-we had a chat about  what tasks he and his team can help us with!

I next filled another 2 bags with garden waste after more weeding at side of pathway near shed-soon after Sharon arrived to help  in time for coffee and a chat-she took 3 of the bags down to the compost bays in the copse by the pond then after our refreshments she and I started to prune back the buddleias by the shed

3 more bags of prunings etc taken to compost pile by Sharon and I

NB I went to collect Year 2 children to help with remaining bird feeders after morning break but they were wearing kit  and on way  to PE lesson….

Earlier I noticed that blocks of wood had been placed under benches by pond-thank you Mr Ball for levelling off these tables


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Rain and high winds overnight =little gardening today!

Monday October 6th 2014

High winds and heavy rain overnight + this morning until after 9am resulted in me going up to school for 10am ie 2 hours later than usual!

Colin away for a month and Cath unable to help today so just me working in school wildlife area

Began by filling some bird feeders then swept the seating and tables and next pulled out some tall unidentified weeds overhanging the paths-final job was weeding the 8 pots ie with daffodil bulbs near the shed

After the morning break I spoke with Mrs Wilde- Year 2 teacher-it was decided as the class were going in assembly I would leave it till Thurs to have children from Year 2 help me with filling bird feeders


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New volunteer Charley joins our team+planting daffodil bulbs etc

Thursday October 2nd 2014

School by 8am I began by filling most of bird feeders around school wildlife area- Colin arrived in time to help me

We then worked in the copse by the pond pruning back some hawthorn and field maple plus moving some rotting garden waste into the new pallet compost shelters

Back up to the shed where Rose had arrived to help us-we took  tools etc to the front of school where Charley a new volunteer for our team joined us -she is a school parent

We spent over an hour watering and gardening  ie Rose and Charlie planted daffodil bulbs  and violas on the bed just inside the front gate whilst Colin and I pruned and removed ivy from the bed in the car park-more daffodil bulbs + donated hebe plants from my home were then planted on this bed

Back then to the wildlife area for well earned coffee and biscuits!

Next Charley left and Colin and Rose did a little more autumnal tidying ie removing dead weeds,grass etc in the wildlife area

I collected 3 little boys from Mrs Freshwater’s Year 1 class to help me with filling the last 2 bird feeder trays

We also looked at all the woodpigeon feathers on the ground by the shed where more than likely there had been a recent attack by a peregrine or sparrowhawk

This morning at least 2 classes have been brought into the wildlife area by staff – the 2nd group were looking for inspiration for Autumn based poetry

Not much time for bird watching this morning however we did notice a grey squirrel around amongst the tree tops again

NB Mike from the Learning Centre brought down 3 new garden waste bags for us -he hopes to start bringing  a team he’s supervising -to help us with wildlife area and school grounds tasks -from next Thursday



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Planting violas and foxgloves,weeding and watering+Year 1 class children help us filling bird feeders

Monday September 29th 2014

I arrived school 8am began by filling our bird feeders around school wildlife area as usual…

Nigel came for a quick visit alas still unable to help us regularly yet-gave him bird feeder to take home for repair!

Cath and I then went to work at front of school she planted 7 foxglove plants and I planted 18 violas in bed and planters. After watering the new plants + other recent new planting we then started to weed the bed just inside the car park

Cath took a wheelbarrow full of ivy,dandelions and unwanted self seeded tree saplings to compost pile at far corner of school field

After our coffee break I collected 3 children from Year 1 class to help with filling last 2 bird feeders-they were eager to help asking lots of questions !

Cath and I then took the children  for a quick tour of the wildlife area – Cath showed them where badgers have been digging along the pathways in search of worms slugs ,insects etc .We saw and heard a variety of birds + looked at apples on trees ,rose hips and most interesting of all looked under a plastic sheet and a stone + into several compost bins where we found worms,woodlice, slugs,ants  and a selection of other small insects

Lots of birds around in wildlife area this morning   ie wood pigeons,blackbirds + our usually friendly robin which follows me around our project site as I fill each bird feeder!

Also seen were a small flock of goldfinches possibly with a few siskins high in the poplar tree near the pond + a sparrowhawk flew overhead

A grey squirrel was seen moving through the tree tops around the wildlife area this morning


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Feeding birds,watering, daffodil bulbs and winter flowers planted ,weeding etc

Thursday September 25th 2014

At school for 8am started by filling bird feeders around school wildlife area

Lady from Teignbridge recycling came into wildlife area with Mr Ball to discuss  composting around the school grounds-Mr Ball is planning  for the children to be  encouraged to help ie by adding raw fruit and veg waste to our large compost bins

Miss Lilley brought her class into the wildlife area to do some literacy work

I’d taken 4 plant pots+ some compost and some viola and bellis plants up to school-used a bag of soil donated by Colin,mixed it with some homemade compost in the wheelbarrow and then three quarter filled the 4 pots.Next I added some daffodil bulbs -donated last year by local shop-then topped the pots up with the potting  compost I’d donated before planting the pots with some violas and bellis daisy plants

Took pots in wheelbarrow to front of school -after watering they were placed on front bed around light post-5 pots of roses removed and taken back to wildlife area for pruning ,repotting etc

Rose arrived to help – later than usual after oversleeping!

She and I watered the planters and pots + recent wallflower planting etc at the front of school

Sharon arrived to join us – back to the wildlife area for our coffee break then all 3 did some pruning along the top pathway ie behind the benches

After the morning break I collected 5 little girls -all eager helpers- from reception class to help with filling the last 2 bird feed trays by the shed-we also took a little walk along the top path in search of out friendly robin which all the children were excited to see  as he moved through the nearby shrubs…

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