Gardening & Conservation
This is an outdoors, practical, messy but highly rewarding sort of a group which meets every week to work in the school garden. In 2015/16 we will work on:
- The Sixth Form garden (which we started from scratch!). You will be doing seasonal jobs – tidying up after the summer, composting, looking after the ponds (including re-lining the big pond and meeting the frogs!), planting bulbs and seeds and finding out how to encourage bees and birds;
- How to use different tools;
- Designing an area of the sixth form garden and making it happen;
- Working in old people’s gardens locally to do jobs they find difficult;
- Making bird boxes and feeders, and appreciating the importance of conservation and our garden wildlife.
This is a real stress busting activity, completely different to the classroom – just fresh air, new practical skills and fun!
If you are thinking of a career in an environmental area, horticulture, garden design, countryside rangers, forestry commission, project officer for the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts etc.; the more environmentally related volunteering you have before and during university, the increased impact your CV has when competing for jobs.
One of the Huntington volunteers enjoyed it so much; he has gone to college to study Horticulture which he had never considered before!
Co-ordinator: Noel Winteringham
When: Wednesday afternoon
Where: School Garden
How Long: One term