Story and photo by Jenny Tibbles
Local school children have been coming down to Grimesthorpe Allotments to take part in Green
City Action’s ‘School for Wildlife’. Children from Whiteways Primary School and then St Catherine’s
Academy have taken part in the sessions to learn about wildlife in our area. Activities included hunting
for bugs, making bird feeders, constructing a wormery and taking part in a national worm count!
Hazel from Green City Action said:
“We think it’s really important that children can learn about local wildlife and experience being in the outdoors at the same time. They get a chance to learn about wildlife in a hands-on way – particularly observing insects in their natural habitat! All the evidence also shows that it is really beneficial for children to be in green spaces. It’s really good for their health and well-being.”
Children have also had chance to explore the allotment and learn about where food comes from.
“These sessions have been really good for the children,”
said Mrs Lindsell from Whiteways School.
“Some of them don’t cope so well in the classroom, so when we come to the allotment they can let off a bit of steam”