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. 

"I couldn't be more impressed by OASES hard work and dedication to the project, they listened to my thoughts and ideas and turned them into a wildlife area that can be used by the full school for many years to come"  - Melanie Parker, Pastrol Leader at Delves Lane Community Primary
Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The EWE Centre,
Esh Winning Primary School
The Wynds, Esh Winning,
Durham, DH7 9BE