Launch events for the Breaking New Ground in the School Grounds project have been taking place throughout March. One took on a slightly different format when a TV crew registered their interest in filming the event. Plans were made to develop it into a day of outdoor related activities and an information event, but sadly filming was cancelled a bit last minute. The school, Bishop's Park, was so keen that they decided to go ahead anyway and set aside a whole day for it. The project leader Mia Witham from The Green Light Trust was "really looking forward to it!"
"The event was a real success with many parents attending in the afternoon and participating in various outdoor events.
In the morning I introduced the project to all three year 1 classes, one class at a time and I then took them out to the Green Room where they got involved in hedge planting. Parents came along in the afternoon when I had the opportunity to let them know about the project, before we went outside and joined in with the activities which included willow weaving, dream catcher making, hedge planting, den building, badge making, flint work and cooking marshmallows over a fire.
At 2.30pm we all marched out on the field to plant a young Scots Pine, which had been kindly donated by the Forestry Commission, located at the end of an already existing mature Pine Line."
There is still a place left for one final school to get involved in this project. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact the BNG office on 01842 815465.