Wildlife in the school grounds

Year Seven Nurture Group busy in the new wildlife garden at Castleview School, with teacher Annie Hastie

Year Seven Nurture Group busy in the new wildlife garden at Castleview School, with teacher Annie Hastie

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YOUNGSTERS at a city school are digging deep to create their own wildlife garden.

Castle View Enterprise Academy has been working in partnership with the Durham Wildlife Trust to plan the outdoor area in the best way to attract wildlife into the school grounds.

As well as hopefully becoming a haven for wildlife, such as birds and bugs, staff and pupils at the academy are hoping the garden area will help bring the community together in growing and selling a range of fruit and vegetable.

Jackie Smith, beyond-school leader and manager at the Cartwright Road school, said they invited members of the community and representatives from Durham Wildlife Trust along for the official launching of the newly-created outdoor area, which is hoped will benefit everyone.

She said the garden is at the stage where it is ready for the pupils to start planting seeds and plants and using the garden as a learning resource for the secondary youngsters.

Mrs Smith, said: “At the moment, we have fruit trees, poly tunnels, vegetable patches and raised garden beds where we are hoping to do some community projects with residents.

“We will also be working with our feeder primary schools, who will come along to use the garden and we will be using it to link in with science lessons for all our Year 7 students.

“We will be creating seeded areas within the garden to attract as much wildlife as possible.”

Although the garden is within the gated school grounds, Mrs Smith said they are hoping to attract wildlife from the huge wildlife area which is on the perimeter of the Hylton Castle school.