It was a cold, but bright day and the Wild Learning Area is going to need lots of work to get it tidy and looking good for the Spring and Summer when it is used the most. The Green Teams worked hard, loading the wheel barrow with bramble cutting and trimmings as we cut back some of the overgrown plants.

We also picked up lots of branches and twigs that had blown off of the trees and had a good old tidy up. We learnt the names of some of the gardening tools that we were allowed to use, after we learnt how to use them safely; The big ‘scissors’ are shears and the smaller ones are called secateurs.

We piled all the bits and pieces into a big pile, and when it is big enough we are going to see if we are allowed to have a bonfire!

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We had a look to see if we could see anything in the pond, but we couldn’t. WildlifeKate explained that most of the life either dies out in the cold months or hibernates in the sediment at the bottom of the pond. We left all the foliage around the pond as creatures may be hiding in there.Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 09.16.10

We also found quite a lot of ladybirds, hibernating in the dead buddleia flowers. When we trimmed some of the boodle, we put all the dead seed head (with their ladybird occupants) safely into our Bug Empire tubes, so they could continue their winter sleep safely.