John Tarn’s Pond at Mersey Park Primary School, Tranmere

Good Work in Progress

Mersey Park primary school pond site
The site at the school

The Wirral Society remain active in encouraging small environmental projects by donating to worthy causes to assist in the creation of something positive. In this case, The Society donated money to help Mersey Park primary school create a pocket-sized eco-system in the form of a pond. Judith Railton from our committee explains the progress so far.

With a grant from The Wirral Society, inspired by our late President John Tarn, the Pond was dug. By March it was lined and filled with water.

By June , after much hard work by Alison Porter, the school’s eco-teacher, it is developing well. Plants and frog spawn have been donated, volunteer hours have been put in. Other funding has enabled a fence and gate to be added and gabion seating to be constructed.

There are plenty of cracks and crevices for small creatures to live and begin to increase bio diversity.

The pond area is part of the Outdoor Classroom. At the edge of Mersey Park it has several mature trees, a circle of log slices for students to sit, a wild flower meadow, bug hotel, compost heaps, willow tunnel. All classes can take place here, not just ecology and natural sciences. Alison runs Forest School sessions here too.

If we want a holistic approach to nature to inform the next generations’ policies we would do well to encourage these grass-roots initiatives for children.

Judith Railton

Our thanks go to Judith for initiating and reporting back with progress on this project – the late Professor Tarn would have been delighted to see this.