Preparing for Spring, Summer and Sales

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

In spite of the 'dreich' weather conditions help was on hand from the Risedale Rangers and for a change their work did not involve a bonfire! Instead the team of students from Risedale Sports and Community College carried out many tasks to tidy up the area around the outdoor classroom. This is in preparation for the many school visits that will happen over the Spring and Summer months.

After feeding the Exmoor ponies some hay, they began a variety of jobs including raking up and tidying the log piles and seating area…

...removing algae from the metal dams to make it less slippery…

...and repairing 'Bugingham Palace', the bug hotel, which needed a new roof.


Last but not least was the important sweeping of the boardwalk. Not only does this look better but it prevents the wood from rotting too.

Back at the field centre Team Wednesday were also hard at work. Their main task today (amongst many others) was to begin organising the Natural History books for the book sale on 20th March. Our sincere thanks to everyone for all of your time, effort and support.


(1) Comments:

Elizabeth responded on 6th Mar 2019 with...

Thank you so much Risedale Rangers for tidying up the area around the Outdoor Classroom.  This area is used by schools that visit.  Many bugs, beasties and creepy crawlies will really appreciate the nice tidy ‘homes’ that you have made today.


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