School children find out how to help keep ponds full of plants and animals - The Solihull Observer
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19th Aug, 2022

School children find out how to help keep ponds full of plants and animals

Sarah Mason 2nd Apr, 2022

NATURE lovers from Bentley Heath Primary School have been finding out more about the wildlife around them.

Pupils from the school visited the ponds in Bridge Meadow Drive with a team from Ebsford Environmental following extensive restoration works on the ponds and feeder stream.

The work – part of the Wildlife Ways Small Habitats project, Newts and Shoots – involved de-silting ponds, coppicing several trees and pruning overhanging branches to help the aquatic plants and animals.

This will be followed with planting and seeding around the edge of the ponds.

Emily Farrell, Ebsford environmental project manager said: “The project at Bridge Meadow was a labour of love, myself and everyone involved from Ebsford was passionate about ensuring Solihull Council’s vision for the area was achieved.

“Our team is grateful to all the local residents and school children who made us feel like part of the community while on site.

“We hope they are now as proud as we are of what is a beautiful green space.

“We look forward to the planting later in the year and watching it establish.”

The Newts and Shoots project is funded through the Wildlife Ways Small Habitats Grants Programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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