Nature area revamp for Priory School

The disabled platform under construction.
The disabled platform under construction.

The Priory School in Spalding is celebrating after being awarded a £10,000 grant for upgrading works on its woodland area.

The area at the back of the special school has been looked after and nurtured for many years by staff and pupils.

Now, the injection of funding from The St James’ Place Foundation means several improvements have been made.

In the natural science area eight wooden noticeboards for navigating around the woodland have been erected, a reptiles and amphibians nature area constructed and bush craft and bird feeding and mini-beast hunt areas also put in place.

The pond dipping area has seen vegetation thinned back and a non-slip platform made.

One hundred metres of rubber matting has also been laid to extend the disabled pathway around the site.

In the amphitheatre space, six wooden benches have been embedded into the sloped banking and a performance/stage decking space with disabled access ramps and roped balustrade built.

Head of site Barrie Taylor said: “At the Priory School we value the benefit we can get from practical and interactive activities.

“We are very lucky to have a nature area that we can utilise to enhance the education of our pupils.

“The recent work that has been completed to maximise the benefits from this area has been fantastic. 

“The seating and stage area that has been installed will 
inspire pupils to show their abilities to others in areas such as drama and English classes.

“The new platform on the pond will guarantee that our science and environmental lessons can now have a whole new practical focus to grasp pupils’ attention and enthusiasm for the natural world.

“The different habitat 
areas are exciting and pupils can’t wait to get 
involved to ensure they become inhabited.”