Hedgerows are on the decline ever since large scale farming has taken place in the UK. Currently the population statistics for hedgehogs has decreased over 70% and is now on the protected animals list. Many species of bird, mammal and insect rely on hedgerows for survival and with this knowledge students at Bourne Community College went outside in February to improve wildlife habitat around the school grounds.
Assisted by their Geography teacher Rachel James, Wildlife Officer Sarah Hughes and local gardener Hannah White, fifty children from years 7, 8 and 9 had the chance to plan their own tree along the boundary of the field. All the students enjoyed the experience and many have joined the weekly eco-club run by Mrs James on a Monday lunchtime to continue their interest in horticulture and sustainability.
Amber Weatherley and Cerys Hall (pictured) were so fond of their tree they named it ‘Evian Clemantine’ and have vowed to visit it even when they have left the school in two years time.