Wood wonderland

Pupils hard at work.
Pupils hard at work.

CHILDREN fROm St Cadoc’s primary school are taking sustainability into their own hands.

The pupils are forging forward with a new woodland project to create a natural resource for themselves to use.

Staff and children initially identified the adjacent woodland as an ideal area to foster creative learning .

Teacher Claudia Raso said: “It is envisaged the Woodland project will be a key element of each class’ learning journey with children undertaking activities related to a wide range of subject areas within the woodland area”.

The children have been involved in all stages of the project right from the offset.

Not only were they involved in identifying the site, but pupils also planned the areas, spread woodchip and planted trees and wild flowers.

The pupils and teachers worked together with the council and presented their plans to Andrew McCloy, Head Arborist from East Renfrewshire Parks Department.

Armed with the childrens’ ideas, Andrew and his team helped the pupils develop the foundations for their magical woodland area.

Last week, with the help of ERC’s horticultural squad, more than 600 bulbs were planted.

Miss Raso added: “ The children have gained valuable first hand experience of plant cultivation and learned about sustainable woodland management.

“It is hoped that the area will provide a rich haven for wildlife and the project, with its new plants and trees, will create a legacy for future generations.”

The project has also brought together many parts of the community in its early stages and the school pupils’ plan to extend this further by creating community herb beds for public use.

Miss Raso continued: “St Cadoc’s Primary would like to extend a special thanks to East Renfrewshire Parks Department, in particular Andrew McCloy and Carole Doyle and their respective squads for their joint involvement, advice and guidance.”

Giffnock and Thornliebank councillor Vincent Watters joined the children last week to lend a helping hand for their planting day.