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Mossgate School, Heysham

Lucky Mossgate School have large playing fields, with areas set aside as nature areas when the school was built 25 years ago. Latterly, there had been no management, so the new headteacher asked us to take a look. The pond area was very overgrown with willows, not retaining water and the well-constructed dipping platform was totally inaccessible. The willows were tackled with the help of a tree-surgeon, the dipping platform reclaimed and work started on the pond itself. Due to heavy rain the water levels fluctuated so we had to await the right moment to reline and replant, with the help of parents and teachers. Best time for pond work is late summer when the invertebrates have finished their breeding and we create minimal disturbance.


Another corner of their field was planted as a mini woodland. We took it onboard, making sure a small circuit was accessible for the children and expanded the area with new trees, donated by OVO through the Trust for Conservation Volunteers. All these young trees are native species so should give a much better habitat in years to come.

A good day's work at Mossgate, weeding and feeding in the sunshine!

Tied on securely
Last cut

James, the wonderful tree surgeon who helps us with sorting out tree problems too big for our volunteers, is felling dying poplars originally planted when the school was built.  Here he is taking down 3 trees at Mossgate school, one of which needed climbing and lowering piece by piece.  We can now do some new planting as replacements. The large logs were made into toadstool seats for the children. 


Wildflower areas being prepared

Young trees need to be weeded. 

The pond is thriving.

Healthy pond

We successfully renovated the pond.  It is still full of clear water, with a water lily in flower!

Infants' flowers
Infants' garden

The Infants' garden is colourful this year, with flowers of various shapes and sizes to be enjoyed by bees and butterfies

Last tree planted this season

The last tree of the  season being planted by the head teacher

Year 1 planting fruit trees in their new orchard.

Bog garden
Watering bog garden
Jenny watered the bog garden.
Spring garden

The wildflower patch in the infant area is stunning in July and everything seems to be doing well. 


Attempts to get rid of pondweed were not very successful!

  A small orchard was planted and Pete constructed a gate for the infants' area.

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Planting trees provided free by OVO Energy and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers in National Tree Week 2019

After completing the pond restoration we started work on the new dipping platform, a further challenge!  This will allow the children to safely access the pond and learn about the beasties living there.

What's lurking in the bushes_
Bring on the digger!
Roll out the white liner!
Discussing the surrounds
Figuring out the measurements
Looks a bit complicated!
Clearing the surrounding area
Big logs come in handy
Separating pond from bog garden
Raising the flags
Cutting the liner to size
The water's creeping up!
Clearing the old pond
Mossgate School pond
Clearing the old pond of silt
We made a difference!
Dipping platform cleared of weeds
Pond wildlife!
Tree planting in corner of school field
Extending the copse
Handy shelter in copse!

The old pond was drained, halved with a dam wall to make a bog garden, and then relined and filled, with the help of some parents and teacher.

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