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20 October 2014
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Russell School, Richmond

Group of Russell School children in garden

Wildlife Rules!

Carly Frankeiss, who runs the nature club at the school, told us about what motivates her and the pupils to Do One Thing for nature.

With a passion for gardening that encourages wildlife biodiversity, Carly has inspired pupils and parents alike to join her to regenerate a neglected outdoor space into a blooming wildlife garden.

The nature club

With some help from parents, pupils and staff she has created a range of habitats including a wildflower meadow, pond, shrubs, trees and a minibeast high rise hotel. All of this is now accessible via a well-maintained mulch covered path in a relatively small area, both manageable and at a scale ideal for primary school children.

Carly found the Breathing Places Schools activities an ideal resource for a nature club letting her pupils put practical conservation into action. It seems that everyone enjoys helping minibeasts and feeding birds as an ideal introduction to the nature in the school.

Children showing their work

Carly thinks that the wildlife garden and the nature club are a key element in ensuring that "...the next generation, coming up through the school, learn about the importance of creating spaces for wildlife and humans to enjoy… particularly in urban areas".

The highlight of the year was a grand re-opening of the wildlife garden by Sir David Attenborough. He made quite an impact on the youngsters with impressions of a three-toed sloth amongst other animals, tales of his travels and he planted a tree in the wildlife garden as a permanent reminder.

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