The willow arch at Netherhall School, partly-funded by the Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust, has now been planted. Steve Pickup, of The Willowbank Company, who installed the willow domes which are already on site, returned to plant the willow arch. Jane Hauton, the teacher in charge of the project, said “Steve planted in torrential rain, which was excellent service”.
The willow arch provides another sensory experience for the students, and is an extension of the sensory garden which already exists on the site. Alongside helping with the willow arch, students made a ‘habitat village’, making nests to go inside boxes which are intended for use by small rodents.
Both these activities were undertaken as part of British Science Week, which is organised by the British Science Association. It is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring activities designed to engage people of all ages across the U.K. https://www.britishscienceweek.org/. Netherhall was awarded a small grant by the British Science Association to buy glue and paint for the habitat village project. Planting the willow and creating the habitat village, as well as a whole-school activity day were the school’s contribution to British Science Week.
“It has been an utter pleasure getting to know all about LRGT and we can’t thank you enough for our lovely willow tunnel, which is growing well. Special thanks to Ann for this wonderful gesture.”
Netherhall Special School