A Yorkshire ground care company is helping to increase biodiversity and in turn helping pupils to do more learning outside the classroom at Riverside Special School.
BioScapes, a sister company to Rowlawn Ltd, has donated a a self-contained, multi-habitat unit, known as a WildPod to the school to increase bio-diversity within the schools outdoor area. The company was put into contact with the school by governor Jess Horseman, whose son, Henry, is a pupil there. After discussing how well the school has supported Henry since he started in 2019, the company offered to donate the pod to benefit the pupil’s learning.
Jonathan Kelly, leader for science and outdoor learning said: “The school is really focused on encouraging our students to learn outside the classroom. We are fortunate to have a wonderful site here at Riverside that allows us to engage and extend the learning of the students. “We are grateful that local companies like BioScapes are able to support our students in this way. I am sure it will be a popular resource as it develops through the year.” Three BioScapes employees, Terry Smithson, Clive Barstow and Robert Theakstone, recently visited the school and were assisted by students to set up the pod in the school’s sensory garden. Andrew Hall, head teacher said: “Terry was really enthusiastic about promoting biodiversity and explained that some of these pod have increased biodiversity seven fold. This will make a wonderful addition to our sensory garden area.”
The pupils are already benefiting from the new equipment and are excited to see how it develops. Pupil Luke said: “I like to see what animals and bugs we have at school. I can't wait to see which ones come to visit!” Yorkshire company, BioScapes has donated a WildPod to Riverside School.
Terry Smithson from BioScapes is pictured donating the WildPod to the school along with school governor, Jess Horseman and students. (09-12-59 SU)