Your article: Year fives join forces to leave legacy to school

Pupils from Melbourne School who enhanced their school environment with the Openwings project
Pupils from Melbourne School who enhanced their school environment with the Openwings project

Five pupils from the Melbourne Community Primary School have been active over the summer holidays.

All of them were moving on to a senior school and decided to give something back to the school they were leaving.

They are Henry Atkinson, George Taylor, Aimee Cameron, Hannah Williams and Leon Mainprize, and all are 11 years old.

They were invited to enter a project called Openwings, the aim of which was to ‘Enhance their School Environment’ and they did so by building a bird hide and planting flowers and plants to attract bees, butterflies, moths and bats and other wildlife.

They were aided, assisted and encouraged by parent and teacher Abi Williams.

They began the project on 5 July and planned, designed and built a very impressive bird hide. It was finished by 10 September.

This was supported by donations from the Pocklington Lions, who gave them two pairs of binoculars, The Derwent Lions who donated £100, and the Ladies Circle who donated £15. The Woodland Nursery at Everingham contributed many plants.

The hide is a very well-constructed and thought out structure which used all recycled wood and materials from friends and neighbours.

The money for it was raised by doing a litter pick, a competition (the results of this are quite impressive) in the school and what is described as upcycling by skip diving. They used Free Cycle website.

The work included clipping a very overgrown willow ‘bower’ from an earlier project, planting flowers to attract bees and insects, supplying a bird feeding area and placing a variety of bird and bat boxes in and on the surrounding trees.

The hide is situated at the back of the school grounds and is in close proximity to the dyke beyond which is the Pocklington Canal. There are splendid identification charts on display to help anyone using it identify the myriad of wild life.

They are eagerly awaiting the sighting of kingfishers.

The attention to detail and the thorough dedication to a well thought out project is evident and everywhere there are signs of meticulous care in the construction and decoration.

Quite rightly the five pupils are proud of a fine achievement and this will be a wonderful legacy for younger pupils.

The staff at the school have been most supportive and the whole project is an example of youngsters putting the community first and working for it.

Melbourne is a very lucky village.