Beacon Park helps school create outdoor classroom

image of students and the outdoor classroom

The outdoor classroom

A tree that came down in a hurricane has been put to good use by Queen’s Croft School in Lichfield.

Back in October, a mature willow tree in Beacon Park’s woodland blew down during hurricane Ophelia.

Students from Queen’s Croft school visited the park this month to choose the best logs, which they helped to load into a truck. They later placed the logs in a circle to create an outdoor classroom in their school’s woodland area.

Queen’s Croft School has been working with Lichfield District Council’s parks team since September 2016. Student volunteers help the rangers and gardeners twice a week with conservation and gardening tasks, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Peter Freeman, Park Ranger, said: “We really appreciate all the hard work our student volunteers put into Beacon Park, so it’s great that we could help the school by donating the logs. The rest of the tree will be left to create excellent deadwood habitat for invertebrates.”

To find out more about volunteering for Beacon Park go to our volunteeer and friends page.