A Rayleigh primary school has been named East England’s winner of the ‘Big Wildlife Garden’s School of the year’ award. The school, Wyburns Primary School, beat more than 200 schools in the Natural England finals. Judges were impressed with the many different types of habitats that the students created which included a pond meadow, wooded area, and allotment.
Across the nation eight regional winners were chosen and each will now progress and move on to the national final. The garden created by students at Wyburns included toad homes, a butterfly feeding station, and an ‘insect hotel.’ In addition, pupils helped to show their green thumbs by encircling the grounds with trees.
Neil Stone, a teacher at the school, stated the school emphasizes getting students involved in wildlife activities and getting them outdoors and into nature. He added that over the last few years they have worked to create a number of habitats around the school including growing a garden with fruit and vegetables that are used at the school.
About 11,000 schools entered the competition by registering at the Big Wildlife Garden website.
Dr. Chris Gibson of Natural England stated that Wyburns Primary School stood out for a variety of reasons including the fact that they have been able to get the kids involved in building the habitats s in a hands on manner and the fact that they take full advantage of the areas they have created for teaching opportunities.