Ten pupils at Forrester High School have been lopping, sawing, chopping and clearing as part of their John Muir Awards. Learning about conservation and the environment whilst improving habitats has been enjoyable but hard work, as the two reports below from participants show:
“We went to the Pentlands to do conservation work. We cut up big branches that had fallen down from the trees in the storm. After we cut up most of the branches, we then made log piles for the insects. We used loppers and bow saws to do this. We cleared the path for dog walkers so that it was safe. We enjoyed working in groups to get the task done and we also enjoyed getting to use different tools. The conservation work was tiring but it was worth it as we were helping the environment. We learnt that insects live in branches. “We worked with the Pentland Rangers. They showed us the best ways to use the tools. They told us why it was important to build homes for the insects. The insects need homes so that they can be safe and they are less likely to be attacked or eaten.”
“We did conservation work at the back of Forrester High School in their little garden. We tidied up the garden by digging up weeds and cut the hedges and trees.
We got help from a few S2s and used forks, spades, loppers, rakes and hoes. We picked up litter and sorted out the plant pots. The best bit was yanking out the giant weeds. We then carried the bags round the school to the bin and we almost got 20 bags of rubbish and weeds. It was hard work to carry the bags round but we did it anyway. The garden is much better now but we still have to replant a small tree. Luckily it was nice weather so we did a better job than we would have done if it was bad weather.”