Monday October 5th 2015
Alas due to rain overnight plus damp drizzly weather this morning I chose not to go up to school to work in school wildlife area this morning ie the majority of the work planned was autumnal greenery clearing and pruning which would have resulted in me getting very wet indeed+ also decided there would be plenty of bird food in our feeders which will last till Thursday’s work session!
Thursday October 1st 2015
First of the month and a great find in the school wildlife area under a watering can -alas we didn’t have a camera with us- it was a giant 5 inch+ fat curled up slug with grey and black markings-found by Rose and later with research on internet identified by Jean as a leopard slug which can grow to 16cms!
Lovely sunny morning I began as usual by filling bird feeders in the school wildlife area-Rose arrived in time to help me finish the job.
Before our main task of the morning we watered the plant pots near the shed plus added more marker canes and replaced the broken ones on the slope by the classrooms-hopefully these maker canes will prevent more erosion and damage to the undergrowth where our spring bulbs are planted?
Main job next at the front of school -Rose planted 4 more pots of lilies she’d brought from home plus did more weeding and tidying on the larger bed by the front gates meanwhile I pruned back the buddleia near the gate plus the goat willow and escallonia shrubs on 2 of the other beds resulting in 4 more large bags of garden waste being added to the compost bins in the car park…
NB we noticed during our late coffee break that some of the young fruit trees planted in the wildlife area have grown rather tall in search of light so are in need of top pruning asap!
Monday September 28th 2015
At school by 8.30am -started by watering flower pots and wooden planters at front of school plus the seat planter by the classrooms
Next job was filling the bird feeders around our project site ie the school wildlife area-Colin arrived in time to help with this-after sorting the birdfood ready for Thursday we watered the plant pots near the shed
On to our main job of the morning -more annual pruning on the large perennial and shrub bed behind the nursery-pruned back and removed lots of buddleias,goat willow and brambles ie 2 large wheelbarrow loads +5 large garden bags of chopped garden waste taken to the compost pile at the far corner of the school field
NB Stuart Henchie came to visit our project this morning alas the school receptionist couldn’t find us-hopefully he’ll return another Monday?
NB Roly TCS grounds person has cut the grassy slope below the playground-first time in over a year….
NB Colin is away on a break for the whole of October -we shall miss his hard work…
Thursday September24th 2015
Lovely sunny weather for another busy morning’s work outdoors at school today-I began by filling the bird feeders and sorted the food containers as usual ready for next week
Rose arrived to help me she began work at the front of school by planting some perennials which she’d brought from home ie lillies,perennial cornflowers etc
Meanwhile I did some more autumn weeding on the slope below our storage shed-all this garden waste added to the pallet compost bins in the copse by the pond
Nursery children and staff came down into the wildlife area to explore -they began by sitting quietly on the benches along the top pathway listening to lovely birdsong…
After a coffee break Rose and I gathered tools and set off to do more annual autumn pruning on the large perennial bed behind nursery-lots of brambles removed plus buddleias and goat willow pruned back resulting in a large wheelbarrow load +2 large garden bags of garden waste being taken to the compost pile at the far corner of the school field…
Our friendly robins in the school wildlife area like to be close by and are often seen perched on the colourfully topped bamboo cane markers around the wildlife area!
Just before we left for home Mr Ball brought a class of schoolchildren to explore the wildlife area…
NB have asked the nursery teacher +later Mr Ball if the handrail by the steps near the shed can be re installed as a H&S measure +to help the little ones use the steps more easily ?
Monday September 21st 2015
At school early ie before 8.30am began as usual by filling all the bird feeders in and around our project site ie the school wildlife area at Teignmouth Community School Mill Lane
Colin arrived in time to help me refill the bird food box ready for next work session this Thursday
Main job of the morning was more pruning and weeding etc on the large perennial bed behind nursery-several loads of garden waste removed and taken down to the compost pile at the far corner of the school field
Weather damp +recent rain meant we both got somewhat wet so after a coffee break we headed for our homes a little earlier than usual…
NB lots of oak tree galls around especially around the oak close to the outdoor classroom seating near the wildlife pond
Thursday September 17th 2015
Just me working in school wildlife area this morning as Colin and Rose both busy with appointments elsewhere…
Began as usual by filling the variety of bird feeders around our project site then sorted the bird food ready for next Monday’s work session
Main job was moving some greenery which had been cut down on the large perennial bed behind nursery I also started to prune the goat willow and buddleias growing near the nursery windows-resulting in 3 large +heavy wheelbarrow loads of garden waste being taken to the pallet compost bins in the copse by the wildlife pond.
Lots of apples ripening on the fruit trees in the wildlife area and on the grassy slope by the playground-have sampled them alas not sweet enough to pick yet!
Grey squirrel seen in wildlife area this morning plus wood pigeon,blackbirds,robin and blackbirds-lots of bird song plus other birds seen briefly but to distant to identify….
My final job was weeding the 8 large pots of daffodils near the water butts hoping to add some violas to these pots asap
Next week plan to do more pruning on the large perennial bed ie behind nursery…
Thursday September 10th 2015
Colin and I began by sweeping up litter in playground then he went off to attach hose pipe to fill water butts meanwhile I filled bird feeders nearest shed+watered nearby planted pots
Next job was time consuming and rather heavy work ie collecting 6 heavy wooden pallets from car park then carrying them down steps into wildlife area…
I decided it was then time for an early coffee break we were joined by Rose who had been held up by a car journey detour due to a traffic accident!
Next job was finishing off filling the bird feeders -Jean+Rose and bringing the 6 pallets down to the copse by the pond-Jean +Colin
I sorted the bird food ready for next week whilst Rose searched for a forked branch to prop up one of our apple trees also Colin went to saw off some dead branches on the ash trees by the lower path-alas the branch which the bird feeders were on broke off-Colin and Rose replaced it with the bird feeder stand from the shed-it’s lower than the branch so now Rose will be able to reach it to refill!
Final job was on the steep bank by the boiler house Colin dug out the dandelions whilst Rose and I did some more pruning and weeding-garden waste taken to pallet compost bins in copse by wildlife pond
Birds seen this morning included blackbirds,magpie,robin and a small flock of longtailed tits
Just as we were leaving around noon Mr Ball and Mrs Frost brought a class of children down to explore the school wildlife area