What a Difference a Year Makes – Mersey Park Primary School Pond

Mersey Park Primary School Transforms Outdoor Classroom with Thriving Pond

Children and adults at The Mersey Park school pond, June 2024
From acorns oak trees grow…. (Photo: Alison Porter)

A dedicated team of volunteers, students, and Alison Porter, a teacher and eco-leader at Mersey Park Primary School, have created a stunning transformation in their outdoor classroom. Thanks to a grant from the Wirral Society, the space now boasts a vibrant pond, a variety of flowering plants (both wild and cultivated), several newly planted small trees, bug hotels, and comfortable gabion seating – all designed to provide a haven for wildlife.

By the end of June 2024, the project had introduced over 30 different flowering species to the area of which, I identified the following:

  • Wildflowers: Hedge mustard, lacy phacelia, knapweed, greater willowherb, foxgloves, cleavers, nettles, dock, sow thistle, ox-eye daisies, white clover, speedwell, dandelion, campion, buttercup, pendulous sedge, figwort, teasel, groundsel, broad leaf plantain, herb Robert, two types of thistle, black nightshade, convolvulus.
  • Cultivated plants: Buddleia bushes (2), nasturtium.
  • Other species: Various grasses including wall barley, scabious, and acanthus.

These pictures showcase the rich learning environment now available to the students. The pond provides a habitat for aquatic life, while the flowering plants serve as a valuable food source for pollinators.

The Wirral Society is proud to support eco-projects like this one through seed-funding grants. These grants are a tribute to the late Professor John Tarn, who served as our president for many years.

Judith Railton

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