Thursday September 18th 2014
At school 8am -began by filling bird feeders around school wildlife area then sorted bird food ready for school children coming to help later in morning-this time all classes from nursery up to Year 6 are taking turns…
Also watered seat planter by classrooms-need to take more cuttings from the variegated hebes in this planter
When Rose arrived we went with tools and plants etc to front of school to work on flower beds-in the bed by the school kitchen we weeded out more ivy+tree saplings before planting 3 packs of wallflowers plus a dozen more perennials-
After watering in new plants we watered planters and pots then started to work on the other bed by the school gate ie weeding and starting to add more perennials
Back to wildlife area for late coffee break-our friendly robin joined us landing about a foot away on my trolley handle!
Rose carried on with more weeding whilst I went to collect 4 children from nursery to help fill last 2 bird feeders….
Mrs Webber and I took the children into the wildlife area where I showed them the mixed seed,sultanas,suet pellets and sunflower hearts
Alas I discovered the bird feeders I usually leave for the children to help us with are far too high for nursery children and reception+Year 1 children to reach!!!
However have since sorted problem as two bird feed trays on trees near shed can easily be lifted down-so next time I’ll be more organised….
Monday September 15th 2015
At school for 8am I began by filling bird feeders around school wildlife area +sorted bird food ready for our next work session on Thursday morning
Next task was watering the pots of tree saplings,perennial and wildflowers near the shed
Colin arrived 8.45am we took wheelbarrow,garden bags and tools to front of school and began working on large bed by school kitchen
Lots of weeding of dead foliage+pulling out ivy and ash tree saplings etc Colin did a great job re heavy pruning back the escallonia and blackthorn
Cath arrived to join us around 9.30am -after 2 and a half hours work think we had achieved about 12 large loads of garden waste which we transported to the compost pile in the far corner of the school field!
Colin also watered the planters,pots etc at the front of school
Hopefully we’ll finish weeding at the front of school on Thurs then maybe plant some more perennials,bulbs and wallflowers in the gaps?
Lots of blackbirds, a great tit and friendly robin seen in wildlife area this am plus Cath spotted a male and female sparrowhawk over the school field
Thursday September 2014
At school for 8am -I began by filling bird feeders near shed then to front of school to water planters and flower pots-thankfully new tap installed on nearby school kitchen extension!
Colin arrived around 8.30am he went to finish filling the bird feeders whilst I stayed at the front of school till 9.10am attempting to recruit new parents and grandparents for our school wildlife area team
Alas not very successfull though there’s a possibility a few might be able to help occasionally…
Colin and I spent morning pruning back overhanging brambles along the path by early years plus weeding and pruning at the front of school-lots more weeding and then planting still to do asap
Wheelbarrow load +2 large bags of prunings taken to compost pile at far corner of school field -then I discovered the wildlife area keys were missing!
Retraced back to front of school searched flower beds where I’d been working then back to corner of field where thankfully I found the missing keys amongst the bramble prunings – panic over….
Back to wildlife area for late coffee break then to front of school to meet Charlotte Barnaby from Waitrose-gave her guided tour of our school grounds +wildlife area-she is hoping to bring a team of Waitrose staff to help us with a mornings work on Monday Sept 22nd
Lots of butterflies in wildlife area plus robins,blackbirds etc around
Mr Ball and Mrs Frost brought a class down to explore the wildlife area late morning
Thursday September 4th 2014
Teignmouth Gardening Club had an interesting talk this evening about the work of Devon Wildlife Trust -our speaker was Andy Bakere who is responsible for several DWT reserves including Chudleigh Knighton and Heathfield
Andy has offered to come to our school wildlife area with some other helpers -possibly in October -to assist us with some wildlife pond maintenance!!!
Thursday September 4th 2014
At school just after 8am working alone as Rose unwell -began by filling bird feeders by shed then went off to water seat planter by classrooms +flower pots in nursery playground and 2 pots behind the learning centre
Off next to the front of school to water flower pots and 2 large wooden planters-also did some weeding ie mainly planted bed in car park
Weeded and watered bed by playground steps before filling rest of bird feeders in school wildlife area + sorted bird food ready for next time
Also watered pots of tree saplings,wildflowers and perennials near shed
Discovered another mouse corpse- this time in the large green tub near potted tree saplings-only about 4 litres of water in tub I was surprised to find a live frog also in the water!
Monday September 1st 2014
Just Colin and I working at school this morning we began as usual by filling all the various bird feeders around our wildlife area then refilled the jars ready for our next work session this Thurs ie Sept 4th
As weather conditions a little damp we decided not to do more pruning on the bed behind nursery -instead we spent an hour or more pulling out dead foliage amongst the trees in the far copse below the car park-garden waste added to nearby compost pile
When the rain came down a little heavier we went up for our coffee break ie again taken undercover in the nursery playground
Our final job was pruning back the dead flower heads from the buddleias by the shed and starting pulling out foliage near the pond+overhanging the steps- 5 hours later I can still feel the nettle stings!
Several blackbirds and robins were enjoying eating the insects etc we’d uncovered on the paths…
Thursday August 28th 2014
Arrived school not long after 8am – began filling bird feeders around school wildlife area-soon Colin arrived to help then Rose also joined us…
After we’d sorted the bird food ready for our next work session we set off with tools,gloves etc to work again on the large perennial bed behind the nursery and learning centre where Rose completed pruning the dead flower heads from the buddleias.Colin and I were also busy finishing pruning the huge wild rose in the centre of the bed-have decided this rose will be removed ie roots dug out asap owing to the fact we’ve spent so much time pruning it over last few years!
Coffee break spent sheltering from rain shower ie under cover in the nursery playground!
Next we took wheelbarrow load + 3 large bags of garden waste down to compost pile in far corner of school field
Our final job was more pruning – close to the playground steps we weeded and pruned shrubs and perennial wallflowers + Colin dug out some brambles