First steps to new conservation area

25 volunteers from St Aidan's CE Technology College spent a day clearing an area of Preesall in the hope of returning it to its former glory as a conservation area
25 volunteers from St Aidan's CE Technology College spent a day clearing an area of Preesall in the hope of returning it to its former glory as a conservation area

A team of volunteers has set about clearing an overgrown patch of grassland close to a school, in the hope of restoring it to its former glory as a conservation area.

The students and staff from St Aidan’s CE Technology College, Preesall, spent a day at the patch in Pilling, the Lane Ends amenity area.

The school has established monthly Community Action Days (CAD) to give youngsters a sense of ownership in their neighbourhoods and to improve wildlife.

Teacher Samantha Kalinksi said: “We wanted to develop a project that helped to encourage our students to volunteer their time, and the CADs allow them to do that.

“They will see a benefit to an area which is close to where they live.”

The volunteers signing up extended beyond just students though, as four teachers, three parents and even a local doctor lent a hand too.

The team set about cutting down twigs and branches, trimming back wild grass, measuring up bird, bat and hedgehog boxes and also designing a bridge.

Organisers hope to include a team from Pilling St John’s Primary School for the next event too, set to run on the second Saturday of each month.

Ms Kalinski added: “We hope that, after three Saturdays, this area will be a place where birds, hedgehogs, bats and other animals can find a safe habitat.

“After that, the CAD team are open to suggestions for new areas that need improving.

“We want to get as many members of the community working together.”

The CAD are supervised by Wyre Council park ranger Greg Robinson.

If you want to get involved, or have a suggested site, contact: staffsam@st-aidans.lancs.sch.uk