As part of the Geography Camp weekend we are working to achieve our level 1 John Muir trust award. This is where we do different activities to follow in the footsteps of John Muir who was an explorer who discovered different wilderness places and tried to tell people about them and how to look after them. We have done different experiences to Discover, Explore, and Share a place so the last thing to do is to Conserve.
Conservation is where you look after something or protect it. Like with the rainforest when you need to conserve so that it is not all destroyed. The opposite is when you exploit something (like when the rainforest is all cut own to plant palm oil trees or something). Or you can do sustainable development which looks after resources for the future in a balanced way.
A few years ago Priory started a conservation project at Juniper Hall where students did coppicing and trimming of woodland to help it grow and flourish. Then they used the waste materials to recycle to build a ‘dead hedge’ fence. This is like a hedge but is made of dead bits of tree that are all cut off like twigs and small branches. It is good to recycle materials as it means the carbon isn’t burnt but stays stored away, which means there’s not so much greenhouse gases to make global warming. Also it’s good for the little mammals like voles and mice or minibeasts that can build homes under it or in it.
So we went to work to make the dead hedge bigger and neaten it up and to build some more around the centre. When Priory started this about 3 years ago there was only one hedge, and now there are 4 big ones around the centre.
We got to work with some different tools to do this, like loppers and saws. We had to be really careful and work carefully together as teams to supply materials and build the hedge. It looked really good by the end and I was proud to help.