John Muir Award at Chailey School
This week a specially selected group of students from years 7 - 9 have begun working with Mike Murphy from the Sussex Wildlife Trust on some conservation work on Chailey Common. As well as learning valuable skills in conservation work, leadership and team work they are also working towards a recognised qualification.
Mike Murphy gave the school this feedback. 'What a fabulous day! The students worked incredibly hard to cut and clear silver birch saplings with hand tools which were then burnt on a huge bonfire. Pocket ponds were dug to reduce flood risk in the area and improve the wetland habitat. The students used the tools safely , managed the fire well and were enthusiastic about the experience. It was a really wonderful day for us too, observing the group rise to responsibilities they were given.'