July 29, 2015

Charter School Comminuty Project – Weeds, weeds and more weeds.

After Glendale Services had done such a fantastic job on the brambles up at the Forest School site it really spurred me on the get up to the school with some of my colleagues to start work up there. So, on Tuesday 28th July myself, Jess, Kieran and my friend Imogen got our wellies on and went up to start clearing some of the easier areas that didn't require heavy machinery or chainsaws to do the work.

Jess and Kieran hard at work:


We took a lovely picnic up there for our lunch and went to meet Georgette, the head teacher, and start work. The plot where the fire circle is going to be is full of spiky weeds and nettles so we started in this space, until Imogen suggested that we could take the top layer of turf and weeds off, put some weed reducing mesh down and then a layer of stones. This seemed like a much better idea so we had a short brainstorming session about where to go with this and decided that was the way forward and I would start to contact builders merchants to try and get some stone donated for this.

Imogen getting to work on the weeds in the tree area:


After coming to a decision about the fire pit we moved to the area where the trees had been planted, by The University of Warwick Estates Department a few years ago, where the ground underneath the trees really needed clearing of weeds that had managed to grow up through the weed mesh.


We cut back some of the tree growth at the bottom of some of the trees and cleared the ground underneath the trees ready for new bark chippings to be put down.


Just as we were about to break for some lunch Roger Boxhill, head of grounds at the University and Wayne, one of the Estates gardeners came up to see me to have a chat about how they can get involved in the Forest School Project. I showed them round the site and chatted enthusiastically about my plans for the long term design and shape of the Forest School and they were glad to help and to get involved. Hopefully Estates will be able to come in at the start of autumn and help to clear the remaining brambles, once the fence has been moved forward to secure the whole of the Forest School site.


We had a great day and what a productive start to the project! Really excited about getting going with some designs for the Forest School and getting organisations and businesses in Coventry and our students involved.

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