GRASS at Delves Lane Community Primary
At Delves Lane Community Primary, OASES was tasked with turning an overgrown waste area into a useable outdoor classroom. The pupils and teachers wanted to have an area in which to watch wildlife, hunt for bugs and experiance story telling in the wild. Assisted by a group of volunteers from Northumbrian Water, the team cut back the overgrown ivy and brambles to improve access and installed a shallow pond to encourage wildlife. A living willow screen was planted overlooking the pond to allow observation from cover. The living willow structure will also provide a sustainable source of useable material for futher school projects. Lastly a felled tree was sawn into pieces to act as seating and provide insect covers; a story-telling chair was carved from the remaining stump.
The result is both aesthetically pleasing and useable wild classroom, which not only promotes wildlife but pupil learning.