Pupils and staff from Bucksburn Academy joined forces with workers from Aker Solutions, members of Bucksburn Newhills Community Council and other members of the community on Saturday 21st May 2011 to complete the next stage of our project to conserve and open up the woodland to the local community by making it more accessible and more attractive whilst creating a unique outdoor classroom for the school.
On the day the volunteers undertook a number of tasks including: cutting back of weeds and overgrown plants, marking out and clearing the path, barrowing and laying down hardcore for the paths as well as planting around the paths.
This is the latest phase in the project which began in June 2010 with the support of Aker Solutions, one of the schools business partners, and has seen the installation of bat and bird boxes to encourage wildlife into the area. The local community has also been heavily involved with garden centres and environmental clubs offering their help and raising money for shrubs and plants.
before stage 1
Before the project began – May 2010 Stage 1 – June 2010
stage 2 stage2a stage 2b
Stage 2 – May 2011
Miss Shanley and Mr Simpson co-ordinate some of the environmental work in the school through the Humanities, Citizenship & Environmental Education Faculty. This project links well with the conservation undertaken at local castles with the support of the National Trust for Scotland and BAA, and offers another dimension in environmental work for the pupils. Time spent supporting the Sclattie Woodland project can also count towards the pupils achieving their John Muir Awards.

By chalove

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