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20 October 2014
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Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Peterborough

A minibeast home

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Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Peterborough have been working on building the perfect minibeast home, amongst other things - have a look and see what they have been up to

Nicola Ward (Eco Leader) told us about their Minibeast Complex which is ready for it's first occupants

"We are very fond of minibeasts at Sacred Heart RC Primary School. The children get very excited about seeing butterflies and bees around the flowers, finding a secret ants nest under a pot, digging and finding worms in the vegetable plots and when we find caterpillars the excitement rivals Christmas day morning - well almost!

"All of the pupils have dedicated Eco sessions each week and vegetable and fruit growing has been high on the agenda over the last 2 terms since we became a Food for Life Flagship School for the Eastern region at the beginning of 2008. We aim to grow produce for the school kitchen, with the children planting seeds, nurturing and watering their crops until it's time for harvesting and that very special delivery to the kitchen door for the hand over to our enthusiastic cooks Lynn and Sheila.

"All the produce is grown using organic principles - working with nature not against it. Ask any of our Year 1 or 2 children and they will be able to tell you who are our garden enemies and who are our friends. We know by encouraging our garden friends into the grounds they can keep our enemies under control. We've just doubled the size of our growing area so we thought it was about time we got serious about our ways of attracting minibeasts to stay awhile.

"Our lunchtime Eco supervisor, Kirsty Emmerton, hunted high and low for the 6 pallettes that were piled and secured by parents helping on a garden ground force day. The materials used to create the different habitats within the complex were all donated by the families and staff, having searched their houses and gardens for rubbish - literally! Old fabric covered books, pine cones, bricks, rotten wood, twigs, leaves, straw, peeled and hollowed out elder sticks and corrugated cardboard all found a new lease of life in our new minibeast mansion. There was a proud moment for the Year 4's when the roof finally went on at the end of the day with sedum planted between the tiles."

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