Mossgate School Heysham

Planting trees at Mossgate School, provided free by OVO Energy and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers, in National Tree Week

Lucky Mossgate School have large playing fields, with areas set aside as nature areas, when the school was built 20 years ago. Latterly, there has 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 have now been 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 have been fluctuating so we are still awaiting the right moment to reline and replant. 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 have taken it onboard, making sure a small circuit is accessible for the children and expanding the area with new trees, donated by OVO through Trust for Conservation Volunteers. All these young trees are native species so should give a much better habitat in years to come.


Watch this space for the next round of work. We are hoping that parents and teachers will become involved in the final effort to regain a full pond.

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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!

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.

Duckweed was covering the water and had to be removed so that light could reach the life underneath.  We piled up the weed on the edge so that any creatures trapped inside could find their way back into the water.  We also added more marginal plants and oxygenators. 

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