We are more aware than ever about the impact humans have had on our planet and we are passionate about helping our children learn to love the environment, they are, after all, the future custodians of our planet. As a PTA we have been working to reduce our impact and become greener through the events we run, so the opportunity to help improve our pond space was one that we jumped at. It has been surveyed in the past and has been shown to have a rich biodiversity including great crested newts.
The pond however is underused at present, it's over grown and requires a safe boundary to allow all children at the school to use it safely. We are hoping to link the pond with the adjacent forest school in the grounds and I believe that the two spaces will provide our children with a wealth of experiences, that will hopefully nurture a lifelong passion for wildlife and science. If we were successful in raising funds, we will be able to get specialist help to prune the area around the pond and remove some of the overgrown weeds that clog the pond. We want to do this correctly so as not to disturb the species that live in the pond and encourage a greater diversity of creatures. The money raised will allow us to provide a safe fence for pond, which is especially important for the younger children at the school, who start in preschool at the age of three. We can improve the equipment for pond dipping and observing the wildlife and will be able to link the forest school and pond via a gate which will provide greater continuity between the two areas. We will be able to provide a hide by the edge of pond which will be a fantastic resource.
I really hope that we will be successful with this project as it's a chance not only to help the students at the school currently but also in years to come.