Pupils spellbound by woodland ‘magic’

Balmedie eco-project
Balmedie eco-project

BALMEDIE pupils have been playing their part in developing woodland near their school.

The youngsters, from nursery through to P7, have been working on improvements to an area known locally as the Magic Woods during a school project week.

They were out in force over three days and carried out various activities in 45-minute slots.

The school has been working in co-ordination with Better Balmedie and Aberdeenshire Council in relation to the work being carried out in the woodland.

P4 teacher Kat Catlow told the Times: “Alongside the conservation volunteers, I have been working along with a group P7 and P6s to develop wildlife recording as well.

“We have built a sensory path, a leaf tunnel and wicker fence and also have a new outdoor type of classroom area which is large tree trunks shaped into pencils.

“We also have a new bird and deer hide and a tree xylophone area.

“There is a lot going on, so it’s very good.”

The council will during late spring/early summer build a new path to improve access for dog walkers and extend routes in the woodland.

Kat added: “Everyone in the school has played their part in different ways. The weather has obviously not been great but the children have absolutely loved it. They have been so involved, so keen and the feedback has been fantastic.

“We are are trying to encourage outdoor learning and to respect the community areas as well.

“This is something the children can share with their parents, so it is involving a lot of people.”